Kelli Wefenstette is a rural-rooted, urban-planted community organizer who engages neighborhood revitalization through the cultivation and promotion of arts, placemaking, urban agriculture, and economic development. She earned a BA in Psychology from Monmouth College and a MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University.
Kelli created an eco-friendly craft line in 2007, co-founded a monthly, traveling craft market in 2010, developed a simple living workshop series for urban dwellers in 2011 and is a registered yoga teacher. She is the owner of Wildlight Yoga in Portage Park.
She is trained in Asset Based Community Development and utilizes extensive experience in special event programming for urban planning. Today, she serves as the Executive Director of a community economic development non-profit on Chicago's northwest side and mentors small and aspiring business owners.
Kelli recently downsized from a big, red urban farmhouse in Portage Park where she raised flocks of chickens and hosted 250+ airbnb world travelers to a little condo in the woods at North Park Village with Jimmyredhed and their cat who’s probably a dog, Jubilee. She enjoys rescuing plants and furniture from the alleys in Chicago, impulse buying plane tickets with Southwest’s low fares calculator, and drinking dirty chai lattes in coffee shops around the country. Her heart’s filled mostly with 90s country music and thrifted vintage dresses. Her lucky number is 48. After all these years, Kelli’s craft is still her activism, an opportunity to educate others on all things political, beautiful, and life affirming while striving to radically minimize her eco-existence.
An urban-planted, rural-rooted community organizer, roadtripper, day dreamer, reader, lover of life, seeker and finder of all things beautiful.
LOCATION: Chicago, Illinois
M.A. Social Justice & Community Development
Registered Yoga Teacher (200hr)
Asset-Based Community Development
Small Business Development
Marketing & Communications
Copywriting & Social Media
Event Planning & Promotion
Community Organizing & Outreach
BUSINESSES + PROJECTS
greenie bean recycle
Urban Folk Circuit
Our Urban Farmhouse
Mason Jar Skills Collective
Wefenstette Prize for Social Justice
County Fair Chicago
Travel & Tourism
Yoga + Wellness