Kelsey N. Nelson


Kelsey joins NFYI with an extensive background in PR, communications, journalism, marketing, and creating/facilitating high-powered community partnerships. She’s worked in roles in both the private and public sector running local and national campaigns. 

Kelsey’s experience in education and work with young people includes her work at Learning Heroes where she served as the Sr. Manager of External Relations, America’s Promise Alliance and the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. She has also worked with the National Education Association as well as other nonprofits and media organizations in the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. Kelsey also works as a capstone advisor and an adjunct professor. Kelsey received her MPS degree in Sports Industry Management from Georgetown University and her B.A. from the University of Maryland- College Park’s Philip H. Merrill College of Journalism and a Certificate in African-American Studies.

Kelsey speaks to youth in Washington, D.C.’s Child and Family Services Agency’s Office of Youth Empowerment. Kelsey is a member of the Education Leaders of Color group and sits on the board of the Washington Association of Black Journalists and Tickets for Kids. She’s also a member of the Host Committee for Fight for Children. Kelsey was recognized by the National AfterSchool Association as a 2022 “Next Generation” leader.

Kelsey volunteers with Richard Wright Public Charter Schools for Journalism and Media Arts, Youthcast Media Group, Multicultural Career Intern Program and she is the founder of “Books Breaking Borders: Books to End Educational Bankruptcy.”

Why you like working at NFYI

NFYI feels like a family where everyone brings their authentic self and passion to work towards the same goal. Working on the ground and side by side with young people for their advancement is a special feeling and I’m honored to be part.


Kelsey loves a good scary movie, 90s R&B and to laugh at live comedy shows. Kelsey also loves poetry, spending time with family, giving back to the community and to be in the community. Kelsey loves connecting crowds working as an event host and motivational speaker. Kelsey is also an avid reader and education advocate working to end the achievement gap, improve literacy rates and ensure a high-quality education for all children.

Fun personal fact

Kelsey also works as a freelance sports reporter and host so there’s a good chance you’ll catch her at one of your favorite sports teams games. 

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