Kelsey Hill is a recent graduate of Portland State University’s Master of Public Policy and Public Administration programs, and additionally received a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability. Kelsey joined GPSEN as a member of the Board in the summer of 2019, and is also part of the Governance Committee. Kelsey’s role is a natural continuation of his interest and skill set in organizational and volunteer management, strategic planning, policy advocacy and research, equity, and sustainable development.
Prior to joining GPSEN, and his graduate tenure, Kelsey engaged in sustainable development through a dynamic and diverse service career. After graduating from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology and minor in Sustainability Studies, Kelsey then spent two years in AmeriCorps. The first was spent as part of the Camphill movement, a global network of intentional communities, based upon the anthroposophical teachings of Rudolf Steiner, that provide cohabitation and co-work experiences for individuals with developmental disabilities. Kelsey had the pleasure of facilitating a collaborative culinary workspace within the community kitchen, turning the natural bounty of the community into homemade products for the community pantry, as well as teaching classes and living with residents to assist with the activities of daily living. His second year of AmeriCorps was spent in the VISTA program, engaged in communications and outreach work in providing resources and professional development opportunities to veterans using their Post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits.
This has been accompanied by work with organizations such as LiveGreen, promoting local green consumerism, For the Love of Children, building reading and writing skills with underserved youth, Our Climate, advocating for a revenue-neutral carbon tax locally and nationwide, Community Environmental Services, supporting waste auditing and characterization work, Chartwells H.E. Dining Services, facilitating campus and partner outreach and food procurement assessment to increase sustainable food options for PSU students, the Student Sustainability Center both as a coordinator for the Waste Reduction Task Force, a team of student volunteers conducting outreach and education around sustainable materials management and Leadership Fellow, taking part in a collaborative leadership development curriculum, Fellow with PSU’s Institute for Sustainable Solutions taking part in collaborative educational and professional development opportunities within various sustainability-focused fields, and most recently, as Reuse Coordinator with PSU’s Campus Sustainability Office, coordinating various materials reuse streams across campus through partner outreach and diverse engagement opportunities.
Kelsey’s free time is spent reading fantasy and sci-fi novels and public interest articles, watching documentaries, traveling and hiking, and trying out new things! Kelsey is a proud military brat from a large and diverse family, and has spent most of his life hopping from place to place, but is happy to have settled in the green and growing Portland Metro Region for the time being. Kelsey is always happy to connect, and can be found on LinkedIn and Facebook.