Kela Martinez

Regional Principal of Southern California


Building things by hand has always been Kela’s passion. This is what led her to sign on with Habitat for Humanity as an onsite assistant and drove her to use that opportunity to build her understanding of construction and site management. While at Habitat, she delivered nine single-family houses for an affiliate in New Mexico and ignited her interest in bringing design to life. Approaching each project like a piece of her custom-made furniture, Kela breaks apart the large picture into its smaller pieces to understand the nuances of how each element comes together. This process consistently helps Kela manage project costs while upholding the intent of the client and architect’s design.