Kelsey is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center, where she was selected as a Public Interest Law Scholar and a Point Foundation Scholar.
Prior to law school, Kelsey served as Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, late Chairman of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. Before joining the HELP Committee, Kelsey was a Special Assistant in Senator Kennedy’s personal office.
While on Capitol Hill, Kelsey worked to increase access to services for veterans, individuals with disabilities, HIV/AIDS, and traumatic brain injuries. Kelsey was involved in drafting the CLASS Act, a long-term care provision of the Affordable Care Act signed into law by President Obama, as well as the Mental Health Parity Act and the Traumatic Brain Injury Act, signed into law by President George W. Bush. Additionally, Kelsey was elected the first female Co-Chair of the Senate’s LGBT professional staff caucus.
Kelsey also traveled extensively with Senator Kennedy during his surrogate travel for the 2004 and 2008 Presidential campaigns, including travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, and rallies in D.C., as well as staffing the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.
A resident of Alexandria, Virginia, Kelsey serves on the Fairfax County Advisory Social Services Board advising on policies affecting low-income families, and was appointed to the Fairfax County Bipartisan Election Process Improvement Commission to examine ways to improve access to voting rights in the county.
Kelsey has been featured in Roll Call, the Washington Blade, Metro Weekly, Curve Magazine, the Seattle Times, and on XM Radio’s “The Agenda”, for her civic engagement, academic achievements, and commitment to the LGBTQ community.
Kelsey holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, an M.A. from the University College Dublin, Ireland, where she studied as a Fulbright Fellow, and a B.A. from Scripps College, where she was selected as a Truman Scholar.