Born and raised in Alaska, Kelsey understands humans as part of the natural world rather than apart from it. Prior to attending law school, she coordinated a program to provide pro bono legal assistance to indigent survivors of gender-based violence in Alaska. She has worked on environmental issues at Crag Law Center in Oregon; on international environmental policy at Universal Rights Group in Geneva; and defending free speech activists at Media Legal Defence Initiative in London. Kelsey has also written about First Amendment issues related to NSA surveillance programs. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of California, Davis, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Kelsey is licensed to practice law in the State of California.