Chelsey Lepage

Associate Director of Programs

Chelsey is a strategic systems thinker who leads complex, multi-country programs and co-design initiatives. An expert in designing and facilitating multi-stakeholder processes, she brings a social justice lens to navigating the relational and power dynamics within them, and trains our teams and partners in our research and design methods.

Chelsey has over a decade of experience launching and leading programs in 20 countries; her experience spans the fields of advocacy, civic engagement, open data, and public sector innovation. Before joining Reboot, she served on UNICEF’s global innovation team with a mandate to develop new partnerships and processes to advance children’s development. As the Innovation Lead in Malaysia, she developed new models of alternative education for undocumented youth. In Kosovo, she helped establish one of UNICEF’s flagship Innovation Labs, focusing on youth-led advocacy and social entrepreneurship. In Burundi, Chelsey launched U-Report Burundi, a mobile-based communication platform for young people, and worked with women’s groups to introduce off-grid renewable energy solutions in hard-to-reach communities. Prior to UNICEF, Chelsey supported the Centre for International Media Ethics in developing its journalist fellow program, and conducted independent human rights monitoring in Ethiopia.

Chelsey completed graduate Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Innsbruck, and is trained in nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, and civil-military coordination.

A former jazz musician hailing from Western Canada who now makes New York City her home, she holds Canadian citizenship, speaks French, and can often be found on weekends listening to live music in the Village.