Community Partnerships Director
Chelsea serves as the Community Partnerships Director for Interfaith Philadelphia, and is responsible for strengthening partnerships, co-leading development and fundraising initiatives, and directing the agency’s multi-neighborhood Crafting Community Project.
A native of Southeastern Virginia, Chelsea received her Bachelor’s of Music Therapy from Shenandoah University, her Master of Divinity from Drew Theological School, and her MFA in Poetry from Drew University. Chelsea is amazed at the impact religion has on society, and is a firm believer that when we better understand our own traditions and beliefs, and that of others, we can improve our communities and nurture justice.
Prior to her work at Interfaith Philadelphia, Chelsea served as the Assistant Pastor of a United Methodist Church in New Jersey, where she fostered conversations and programs centered on social change, eco-justice, education, and building community. Additionally, as a published poet and activist, Chelsea values the power of creativity, and has developed multiple creative programs and workshops involving art, asset-based organizing, and activism.
When not working or writing, Chelsea enjoys hiking, reading, exploring the city, expanding her list of memorized movie quotes, and spending quality time with her husband, and their excitable pit bull and grumpy black cat.