Kelsey is the Director of Communications at the Institute of Politics, overseeing communication strategy and media relations. Kelsey's career has spanned the intersection of politics, public service, and higher education. During the Obama Administration, Kelsey served as the Assistant Press Secretary for First Lady Michelle Obama, supporting the communications strategy surrounding Mrs. Obama's policy initiatives, Let's Move!, Joining Forces, Let Girls Learn and Reach Higher. In addition to her time at the White House, Kelsey held communications and digital strategy roles at U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, and EMILY's List. Most recently, Kelsey oversaw communications at Handshake, a career network working to support the job search for college students nationwide. Kelsey is a native New Yorker and received a B.A. in Communications from Marist College.