RUPCO Expands Executive Leadership with Addition of VP, Portfolio Management

November 7, 2023

KINGSTON, NY – Earlier this week, RUPCO appointed Christopher Kelly to the newly created position of “Vice President, Portfolio Management.” Kelly will oversee the agency’s growing residential and commercial rental portfolio that includes a mix of artist, senior, family, and special needs rental housing developments in Ulster, Orange, and Greene Counties. This position seeks to further inspire and empower tenants, staff, and communities through a comprehensive and thoughtful understanding of their challenges, combined with a compassionate approach to help them live safely and independently in our rental properties.

“After nearly two decades in various roles in state and local government, I am thrilled to be joining the team at RUPCO,” said Kelly. “To be part of an organization that has been dedicated to providing affordable and quality housing to people in need in the Hudson Valley for over 40 years is an honor, and I can’t wait to get started. I want to thank RUPCO’s CEO, Kevin O’Connor, for allowing me to apply what I’ve learned over my career in the public sector to helping RUPCO transform communities through building and maintaining quality affordable housing.”

Kevin O’Connor, RUPCO CEO, said: “We are very excited to welcome Chris Kelly to the RUPCO team and the important work of affordable housing! Chris’s background as a team leader, problem solver, and someone who likes to “dig in” will serve him well in his new role as Vice President, Portfolio Management. With over 950 units under management or in development throughout the Hudson River Valley, RUPCO has reached a new scale in managing affordable housing. We are eager to have Chris’s broad management background as we seek to improve our efficiency and systems approach to getting the job done.”

Prior to joining RUPCO, Mr. Kelly served as the Ulster County Executive / Chief of Staff and Deputy Budget Director, where he was crucial to developing and negotiating the annual budget and key policy initiatives for the Office of the County Executive during a pandemic and subsequent financial crisis and oversaw crisis management of critical incidents affecting residents. Kelly holds a BA in Political science from Siena College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist.



About RUPCO  

RUPCO creates homes, supports people, and improves communities across a broad spectrum of community development solutions, including housing, historic preservation, and neighborhood revitalization in the Hudson Valley. RUPCO creates and maintains quality, sustainable housing and rental opportunities, inspires understanding and acceptance of affordable housing initiatives, and champions pathways to opportunity. For more information, visit