Kelly Vilar

Kelly Vilar is the founder and CEO of the Staten Island Urban Center–a youth & community development through youth & community involvement nonprofit organization. Kelly was appointed to the NYC Council Waterfront Management Advisory Board and served on the local community board. She has served as the Vice Chair of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, a multidisciplinary center for global afro descendent culture integrating arts, education and activism.  Kelly has been the recipient of several recent awards including the Alice Austen & Gertrude Tate Award For Community Service in 2019, Staten Island Women’s Political Caucus Elizabeth Connelly 2020 and the SI NAACP William A. Morris Humanitarian Award 2016. In 2018, Kelly was named one of the Top 25 most influential people in Staten Island’s African American Community. Kelly holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Policy & Planning from the New School for Social Research.