Chelsea developed a passion for serving indigent and marginalized populations during a service to trip to work with orphans in Zambia at age 16. That experience was the first of many that lead Chelsea to conclude that pursuing a J.D. would allow her to serve those populations in the most effective and tenacious way possible.
While in college at Emory University, Chelsea conducted research in Jalapa, Nicaragua with a rural development program called Hambre Cero/Zero Hunger; she was also a senior manager of the Green Bean, a student-run coffee shop that advocated for sustainable and Fair Trade policies for campus food vendors. After graduating with a B.A. in Journalism and International Studies, Chelsea worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer at Miriam’s House, a transitional home for women with HIV and their children in Washington, DC, and then she furthered her knowledge of transitional and public housing systems while serving as a housing case manager for families in Philadelphia.
Chelsea divides her time in law school between researching with the International Human Rights Advocates pro bono group, serving as the co-president of the Public Interest Mentor Initiative, and acting as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Law and Social Change. She also serves on the Young Professionals board of a Philadelphia non-profit, Christian Legal Clinics of Philadelphia, and volunteers at their weekend immigration clinics. Chelsea spent the summer after her 1L year researching health and human rights issues with Human Rights Watch in New York, as well as providing direct legal services to immigrants living in Philadelphia with the Nationalities Service Center.