Executive Director, Up for Growth Action
Mike Kingsella is the Executive Director of Up for Growth Action, is a 501(c)(4) federal legislative advocacy campaign focused on advancing policies that achieve housing equity, eliminate systemic barriers, and create more homes.
Up for Growth Action, in concert with Up for Growth®, an affiliated 501(c)(3) member-network driven research and policy organization, builds and engages with a diverse network of members and stakeholders to shape pro-housing policies, develop evidence-based housing policy research and analysis, and to directly advocate for federal policy.
The organization’s policy work has resulted in the passage of Oregon’s landmark H.B. 2001, which eliminated exclusionary zoning statewide, and the introduction of federal pro-housing legislation including H.R. 4351, the Yes in My Backyard (YIMBY) Act and H.R. 4307, the Build More Housing Near Transit Act.
Prior to launching Up for Growth Action, Mike founded and served as Executive Director of Oregon Smart Growth, the first statewide affiliate of Smart Growth America’s LOCUS coalition of responsible developers and investors. Oregon Smart Growth represents more than 40 developers, investors, and development industry firms that support state and local policy enabling and promoting development of dense, walkable, sustainable neighborhoods.
He has a Bachelor of Science in Community Development and Real Estate Development from the Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and has worked in housing since 2003.