Kelley Hanson, Executive Director of Pace Solano, graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis. Following college, Kelley became a Buyer for the Emporium in the Young Men’s Department. She left the Emporium in 1992 to join Levi Strauss & Co. where she became the Business Planning Manager of the Men’s Jeans and Women’s Teleservices Divisions.
In 2003, Kelley was recruited to be the Operations Manager for Connections for Life, a non-profit agency providing living services for individuals with developmental disabilities. In this role, she was also responsible for the total operation of Transportation Connections, a transportation service that scheduled transportation to and from day programs for nearly 1200 developmentally disabled adults in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. Kelley is the second generation in her family to enter the social services field. In 1987, her mother, Carolyn Dillard, founded Pace (Positive Approach to Consumer Education), a non-profit providing training, education, and work opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities. Pace merged with USARC, a Fairfield non-profit providing similar services, and is known as Pace Solano today.
In 2006, Kelley became the Chief Financial Officer of Pace Solano where she transitioned into the role of Executive Director in 2007. Pace Solano has an annual budget of nearly $9 million and provides support services and transportation to over 400 individuals at 7 program sites through-out Solano County. Pace is one of the largest employers in Solano County with approximately 200 staff and has been in business for nearly 60 years.
Kelley resides in Vacaville with her husband John and their two children.