Kelsey Nelson

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Kelsey Nelson is the manager of campaigns and publications for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Kelsey has been working in the education field for over five years. Prior to joining the National Alliance, Kelsey worked as a marketing and communications consultant for various nonprofit groups. Kelsey has also experience working in education with her work with the National Education Association (NEA) and the Bryant Educational Leadership Group (BELG) among others.

Kelsey has been a strong advocate for representing minorities in the public education space. She is the co-founder of a community action project entitled, “Books Breaking Borders: Books to End Educational Bankruptcy.” Kelsey also sits on the board for Most Valuable Kids.

Kelsey was a member of the 2013 Class of the prestigious Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program. Kelsey also works as a volunteer for the Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts.

Kelsey is a graduate of the Philip H. Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. She received her Certificate in African-American Studies and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism. Kelsey is an award-winning journalist who is a member of the National Press Club. She also is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kelsey received her MPS degree in Sports Industry Management, with a concentration in Strategic Marketing, Communications & Digital Media from Georgetown University. Currently, Kelsey is pursuing her Certificate in Teaching from Georgetown University in their Apprenticeship in Teaching program.

What do you love about your job? I always end my emails with my favorite quote from my idol Oprah Winfrey, “education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” I love the fact that my job allows me to be a champion in the strategic effort to provide all students a high-quality education.

Which sports team(s) do you root for? I’m a hometown sports fan! The Maryland Terrapins (Go Terps #Terpnation), Georgetown Hoyas (#HoyaSaxa), Baltimore Ravens, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Mystics, Washington Wizards and the Washington Capitals.

When you were 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? A forensic scientist—CSI was the best!

Blog posts by Kelsey Nelson


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with Filmmaker and Charter School Advocate Moctesuma Esparza

The National Alliance’s Kelsey Nelson sat down with National Alliance Board Member Moctesuma Esparza to discuss his educational background and his motivation as a leader in the charter school movement.

Paving the Way for A Prosperous Education in New Jersey with Dominique Lee

The National Alliance’s Kelsey Nelson sits down with Dominique Lee, founder and Chief Executive Officer of BRICK Education Network and the first and only African American to lead a charter management organization in New Jersey.
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Manager, Campaigns and Publications