Capri (she/her/hers) has joined The Kelsey on a part-time interim basis as the Director of Real Estate, where she will support the organization’s development efforts at Ayer Station and Civic Center. She has been an affordable housing developer for the last decade and a partly deaf white woman since birth. Prior to her career in affordable housing development, Capri worked in community development lending in Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from The New School in New York, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. Outside of work, Capri enjoys swimming, visiting California’s beautiful beaches, and loves to cook. She lives in Richmond, CA with her husband, her sister, a revolving cast of visitors and roommates, and some pets.
Kelsey’s favorite sign was more; what would you like to make/see ‘Home for More’ of?
I’d like to make a home for more housing that is truly accessible, which to me means designed, built, and operated with inclusivity as the explicit priority – and also means affordable and obtainable to people with a wide range of means and financial needs. Housing is one of our most fundamental needs, and in cities across the country it has become increasingly difficult for people to find housing that meets their needs, and that difficulty is often felt most acutely by those with accessibility and affordability needs.
What does it mean to you to be Disability-Forward? Why does it matter?
To me, being disability-forward is about recognizing that the status quo is anything but, then leading the way to change that. In many places, accessibility and inclusion continue to be afterthoughts – measured by compliance with requirements rather than measured by real outcomes. By taking a disability-forward approach, we can center the work, needs, and voices of people with disabilities in creating places and experiences that are inclusive to everyone – an outcome we all benefit from.