Kelsey has had a significant impact on public policy in Arizona and developed deep policy and legislative know-how during her time working at the state legislature. In describing Kelsey, Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers noted “her gentle demeanor and encyclopedic knowledge have made her one of the most effective negotiators I’ve ever encountered.”
Most recently, Kelsey served as Senior Education Policy Advisor for the majority caucus at the Arizona House of Representatives, a position she held beginning in 2016. Her knowledge of the legislative process and policymaking extends beyond education. During her time at the legislature, Kelsey also worked in other policy areas, including the state budget, commerce, workforce development and federal relations to support a pro-business environment in the state.
Before her time at the House, she worked to advance Arizona’s economic competitiveness through her role with the Arizona Commerce Authority’s Office of Economic Opportunity. In that capacity, Kelsey managed the state’s Workforce Arizona Council and developed state policies to implement the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Prior to that, she worked at Grand Canyon University, organizing K-12 outreach programs and partnerships. Kelsey’s government background extends to her time in Governor Jan Brewer’s administration where she was responsible for a variety of functions including communications, advance, and outreach to communities around the state working to further the Governor’s policy objectives.
A native of Flagstaff, Kelsey obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Journalism at the University of Arizona and received her Master’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University. Kelsey is a proud mom of three wonderful — and active! — girls, and enjoys dancing, singing and exploring the outdoors with her daughters.