Development & Communications Manager
As Development & Communications Manager, Chelsea oversees Free Spirit Media's individual and institutional giving portfolios and leads special events, internal and external communications, and distribution efforts. Chelsea joined Free Spirit Media through Northwestern University’s Public Interest Program, serving as Program Assistant with the North Lawndale College Prep — Christiana In–School Courses and Real Chi Youth community journalism program. In this role, Chelsea had the privilege of working with FSM youth participants who produced compelling and impactful documentaries, PSAs, biographies, and experimental films. She now reflects on that experience to inform her development, communications, and distribution work. Chelsea grew up outside Louisville, Kentucky and moved to Chicagoland for college. She graduated in 2014 from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and is passionate about youth development, community engagement, and environmental sustainability.