|Born||1974 (age 45–46)|
|Education||University of Oregon|
|Known for||co-founder and chief culture officer, WeWork|
|Net worth||$400 million (October 2019)|
In a January 2020 interview with Fortune, McKelvey called himself "a wild kid" on the high school basketball court and he found a sense of accountability from his coach, who was a strict disciplinarian. He said of Coach Stepp, "I didn’t grow up with my father, so I never had someone telling me to keep in line."
He graduated from South Eugene High School in 1992. He first attended Colorado College and, after seeing a sculpture he created, his professor, Carl Reed, recommended he consider architecture for graduate school. He transferred to the University of Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1999.
Early on, McKelvey was involved in the early-stage development of several companies, including Green Desk, Barre3, and Versation. Before graduating college, McKelvey worked as a busboy in a restaurant, and spent two summers at an Alaskan fish processing plant.
After graduating from college, McKelvey went to Tokyo to visit a friend, and while there, he co-founded English, baby!, a web portal and social network for students to create and take foreign-language online courses. The website offers vocabulary quizzes, grammar lessons, and a social network that connects English-language learners with English-fluent peers. The business grew to 25 employees.
McKelvey next moved to New York City, where he worked at Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture. The firm was responsible for all the American Apparel projects, and McKelvey became the manager of the international retail roll out.
Adam Neumann worked in the same office building, and the two met at a party. In 2008, the two convinced their landlord to let them divide the floors of an empty building into semi-communal offices and rent them out; this was the start of Green Desk. McKelvey designed the name, logo, and a working website for the new business in one night. Green Desk was an eco-friendly coworking space, with a focus on recycled furniture and wind-power electricity. McKelvey and Neumann eventually sold the business to their landlord, Joshua Guttman, and evolved the concept into WeWork.
WeWork was founded in 2010, and the first office space was in the Manhattan neighborhood of SoHo. McKelvey serves as WeWork's chief culture officer. He directs construction, architecture, and web design for the company, and is also responsible for building and operating culture. Since 2010, The We Company has launched several new ventures: WeLive, a co-living venture; Rise by We, a luxury gym concept; and WeGrow, a private elementary school. In 2019, the company introduced The We Company, a parent brand that comprises WeWork, WeLive, WeGrow, and other ventures.
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