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Meet Tom “TK” Keliinoi

Tom “TK” Keliinoi is the CEO & President of San Terra Properties and co-founder, former Board President and current Chief Financial Officer of Elevate Elementary, one of California’s top academic public charter schools.

Tom and his wife, Kim Klecan, started San Terra Properties ten years ago. San Terra, a property management and real estate company, has grown rapidly in that time, with an average annualized growth rate of nearly 60%.

As an education leader, Tom co-founded Elevate Elementary, a San Diego Unified public charter school. Serving as Board Chair for three of the school’s first four years, where he oversaw the initial start-up and expansion of student enrollment. Elevate is now recognized as one of the top academic public schools in California, earning the distinction as a California Distinguished School in 2018. Tom currently serves as CFO.

Tom is also a former executive at Qualcomm, joining the firm during its early pioneering years as it built to its current position as a global leader in technology.

A native Hawaiian, Tom grew up in a blue collar, single-income family of 7 and learned the value of hard work at an early age. As a teenager, he worked summers on pineapple plantations on Molokai, before moving to San Diego to begin his career.

Tom has been very active in his community, serving on both the Tierrasanta Community Council and the Tierrasanta Foundation Board of Directors.

Tom and Kim have 5 children, 3 grandchildren, and are passionate about providing a quality public education for all.