Chelsey is a creative systems-thinker who supports Reboot’s work across international and domestic programs. She brings experience working at the intersections of technology, youth engagement, and civic advocacy on four continents, and an endless curiosity about people and places.
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. She consulted for various NGOs, including conducting human rights monitoring in Ethiopia and providing strategic support for Care for Kenya.
Chelsey completed graduate Peace and Conflict studies at the University of Innsbruck. She is trained in nonviolent communication, conflict transformation, and civil-military coordination in international peace missions. She speaks French and is always looking for opportunities to brush up on her basic Amharic.
Hailing from Western Canada, Chelsey is a seasoned traveller who once even spent a year living at sea. A former jazz musician, she can usually be found on weekends listening to live music in the Village.