Kelsey Nelson

Kelsey Nelson
Manager, Communications

Kelsey Nelson is a communications manager at America’s Promise Alliance. Prior to joining America’s Promise Alliance, she was the manager of campaigns and publications for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Kelsey also currently works as a media instructor for Doral College. A fun fact about Kelsey is that she also works as an award-winning freelance sports reporter in her spare time.

For over five years, the proud DMV native has worked in the education and public policy field. She has worked with the Bryant Educational Leadership Group, The Musicianship, the National Education Association, Will to Win Incorporated, and the ESP Education and Leadership Institute. Her passion for education led her to the pageant world. Kelsey formerly held the national title of Ms. African-American United and formerly was also Ms. Teen Maryland African-American United. She was also names to the WKYS “30 Under 30” class and named to WKYS Phenomenal Woman list. She was also recognized as the Be There Magazine "Woman of the Year." 

Kelsey earned her B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the Philip H. Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park where she also received a certificate in African-American Studies. She also holds an MPS degree in Sports Industry Management with a concentration in Communications, Digital Media and Strategic Marketing from Georgetown University. Kelsey is an alumna of the prestigious Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows program and the America Reads, America Counts program. When not working, Kelsey enjoys volunteering in the community. She sits on the board of the Most Valuable Kids (MVK) Foundation. She also volunteers as a mentor for students at Richard Wright Public Charter School for Journalism and Media Arts and as a volunteer with #HappyPeriod DC.

Like her idol Oprah Winfrey Kelsey believes

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.


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