Kelsey graduated from Tulane University where she majored in ecology and evolutionary biology. During her undergraduate career she worked with various non-profits around the New Orleans area. Specifically, after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 she worked with the Audubon Institute in a partnership with US Fish and Wildlife rehabilitating oiled sea turtles and pelicans. She also worked as a lab assistant at the Audubon Center for the Research of Endangered Species assisting with in vitro fertilization techniques for endangered feline species.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree Kelsey went on to work as a field assistant for the University of California Berkeley, researching parasitism in western blue bird populations. Before coming to Vermont Law School, Kelsey worked for the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a non-profit organization based in New Orleans that works with communities near oil refineries. There she assisted many low-income communities in their campaigns to hold the local oil industry accountable for its pollution by helping residents monitor air quality and work for pollution reductions, community health, and environmental justice. Kelsey hopes to continue working in the nonprofit field as an advocate for low-income communities working to find sustainable, affordable alternatives to fossil fuels.