Fuelled by their belief that all people deserve quality healthcare, Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee founded health startup, JOANY, formally known as Impact Health, in 2015. Two years later they moved onto the 26th floor of The Bloc's office tower in downtown Los Angeles, and tapped Kelly to make it feel like home. From the first phone call, creating an environment that felt healthy and full of vitality became the core of the project, which aligned well with Kelly's belief that our external environment has the potential to greatly enhance the quality of our life and inner world.
Headspace’s vision to improve the health and happiness of the world immediately resonated with Kelly. When founders Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson asked for an environment where employees could be their their happiest, healthiest selves, it was perfectly aligned.
As Airbnb’s first office manager, Kelly established the company’s office culture and design, which have stood the test of time. Airbnb’s modest 4,500 square foot office space came first, but fast growth meant that it was soon outgrown. Next up, Kelly lead the design of 25,000 square feet in San Francisco’s design district.
Kelly joined SoundCloud in Berlin in 2013, when the company’s 80 employees were spread across four offices in Berlin’s Mitte district. SoundCloud’s mission is “to enrich lives through the shared love of sound”, and SoundCloud’s founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss gave Kelly the mission to create the company’s first intentionally-designed headquarters, where the entire growing team — 230 by the completion of the project — could sit together in one space.
After 6 years working in the realm of tech startups, Kelly dreamt of the opportunity to design spaces closer to her passions of wellness, yoga, and the natural world. When tapped by friend and internationally acclaimed yoga teacher Rachel Brathen (@Yoga_Girl) to design the largest yoga center in the Caribbean and the first in Aruba, Kelly knew it was a match made in heaven.
On a mission to deliver world-class financial services to the mobile generation in Kenya, Nigeria, India and beyond, former Kiva.org co-founder Matt Flannery launched Branch to empower customers in such countries to realize their dreams. This company’s growing presence in Kenya struck a heart chord with Kelly, as she had volunteered in Nairobi with the Africa Yoga Project back in 2014. The project was also wrapped up in a love story, as Kelly’s boyfriend and mobile development genius Andrew Vilcsak joined Branch in 2017.
An invitation to design the office for Couchsurfing International as they transitioned from non-profit to B Corporation was another opportunity that appealed to Kelly’s passion for world travel. The 8,000 square foot space in San Francisco’s Dogpatch district was a former gallery space that begged for color and life.