“I love my job. The most rewarding part of my work is not the satisfaction and excitement of exceeding a campaign goal – it’s witnessing the impact the funding has on those being served.”
A passionate fundraiser turned counselor, Chelsey is known for her philanthropic development expertise, enthusiasm for ethical fundraising, and keen ability for inspiring volunteers.
Since entering the social sector in 2001, Chelsey has worked as a staff member, volunteer, and consultant at robust organizations such as Second Harvest Food Bank of San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Californians for Justice, and Community Solutions. In 2011, she joined the Essex & Drake team and in 2016 became president of the firm. Chelsey specializes in capital campaign feasibility/planning studies, individual major giving, and board engagement.
Chelsey currently serves on the Advisory Council of the Sanford Institute of Philanthropy and is an "Expert Advisor" for the Gratitude Network. She also sits on the Scholarship Committee for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Silicon Valley Chapter, and is Vice Chair of the Pioneer High School Parent Teacher Student Association.
Chelsey holds a Bachelor of Arts in Italian Studies from California State University, Chico, and a Certificate of Italian Language and Literature from the University of Pisa. In 2002, she completed Fundraising School through the Center on Philanthropy at University of Indiana, and in 2008 received a Certified Fundraising Executive credential from CFRE International. In 2019, Chelsey was named Outstanding Professional Fundraiser by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Silicon Valley Chapter.