Senior Advisor

"What I love about capital campaigns is that in addition to funding a capital project, the campaign provides the organization with a unique opportunity to deepen relationships with its closest supporters and volunteers, re-engage lapsed donors, and broaden support from the community."

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 assumed ownership of the firm. Chelsey specializes in capital campaign feasibility/planning studies, individual major giving, and board engagement.

Chelsey currently volunteers as an "Expert Advisor" for the Gratitude Network. She also serves as Grants Chair of the Pioneer High School Performing Arts 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.