About Kelly


Kelly and husband Robert Zeien chose Menlo Park as their home in 1997 because of the quiet tree-lined streets, excellent schools, and welcoming community.  Their two children attend local public schools: Elliot (12) attends Hillview Middle School, and Grace (15) attends Menlo Atherton High School. Robert is a computer network security expert by day, and after hours he is active in Menlo Atherton Little League Baseball and is a guitar player in the regional Bluegrass music scene.

Kelly served on the Menlo Park City Council from 2004 to 2012.  She is known for her dynamic, neighborhood-empowered leadership style.  A fighter for neighborhood preservation and character, Kelly helped launched Downtown Block Parties and played a key role in saving Kepler’s Books. Tough fiscal leadership in lean times has resulted in a AAA credit rating for Menlo Park, one of only a handful of California cities to achieve this distinction.

Additional highlights of Kelly’s tenure on City Council included recruitment of Tesla Motors’ showroom on El Camino Real, location of Facebook’s global headquarters to Menlo Park, and the opening of the Rosewood Hotel on Sand Hill Road.  To serve our youth and broader community, four new world-class recreation facilities (pool, gymnasium, gymnastics center, and family recreation center) grace the City Hall campus, and popular recreation programs fill our vibrant sports fields, pools and many parks city-wide.  In addition, Kelly ensured Police Services are a top city priority.

Regionally, Kelly served as vice-chair of the San Mateo County Council of Cities, board member of the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency (BAWSCA)  for 8 years, and on the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC, alternate).  She previously served on numerous other transportation- and infrastructure-related policy boards, included as a founding member of Peninsula Cities Consortium, and the Coalition for Expanded Transit (CETS). She serves on the Advisory Council of Peninsula Volunteers, which provides services to our aging residents.

She earned a B.S. in Applied Earth Sciences (Land Use Planning) and a M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University in Civil Engineering. She works in Silicon Valley’s high tech / clean energy industry.

Community Service:

  • Menlo Park City Council (2004-2012)
  • Menlo Park Planning Commission (2002-2004)
  • O’Connor Water District Board (1998-2004)

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