David Chen

About David


David is a summer intern here at The Kelsey with the Housing Team. He is expected to assist in anyway he can, including but not limited to market studies, building proforma, and reviewing contracts. Prior to his studies for real estate in Ithaca, New York, David had participated in several organizations like United Nations OCHA for anti-war efforts through coordination with multiple stakeholders, and held a volunteer position for the largest disability/senior/affordable housing in Taiwan for two years.

Professionally, David worked for developers in China and Taiwan and had co-founded two companies one in Real Estate Secondaries and the other in Data Center Investments. David has seen through four buildings come to life/break ground under his supervision, one being the largest urban renewal redevelopment that took place in Taipei, Taiwan.

Outside of work, David likes to play golf and tennis. Albeit he sucks at those things, he’d still try hard. Beyond that, David likes to host friends for his homemade dinner because he wants to make genuine connections and loves to cook. His specialty is Three-Cup-Chicken, a traditional taiwanese homemade dish.


  • What part of The Kelsey’s mission are you proudest to be part of / support?

I feel blessed to be part of The Kelsey’s mission to incorporate inclusivity in its housing design. But I am most proud to support my teams at The Kelsey because they are the best. People are genuine, making connections to a personal level. Every one not only is respectful, but also efficient. To support a slim team with actionable attitude is amazing.

  • What does it mean to you to be Disability-Forward? Why does it matter? 

Ensuring that people with disabilities have equal opportunities to participate in all areas of life promotes social justice and fairness. It acknowledges the rights of individuals with disabilities to access the same opportunities and resources as everyone else.

 Many countries have laws and regulations that protect the rights of individuals with disabilities. But the efforts are often not sufficient. Being Disability-Forward not only helps organizations comply with these laws but also encourages people to do more than fulfilling the “minimum” ethical obligations.