Recent Clients Include:
Catholic Relief Services
Chemonics / Rwanda LAND Project
The Cloudburst Group
Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) / AVANSE Haiti
The World Bank / Gender Innovation Lab
Endorsements and Accolades:
Kelsey has a strong and nuanced understanding of land tenure and property rights, especially in the complex sub-Saharan Africa context. Her knowledge and skills also extend to gender, livelihoods, conflict and climate change. She’s an avid and enthusiastic researcher and talented writer. Kelsey displays a strong commitment to issues of social justice and deeply cares about her work. I thoroughly enjoyed working with her!
~ Anna Knox, Chief of Party, Chemonics – Rwanda Land Project (colleague)
“I highly recommend Kelsey for her expertise in gender issues and land-based livelihoods, as well as her ability to implement projects related to these topics. She is skilled in research, analysis, project management, and writing. Beyond this, Kelsey stands-out in our field for her thoughtful approach to land-related work. She has a deep knowledge of the regions where she works and can make connections between historical injustices and the present-day challenges that we try to address. Kelsey is smart, principled, mission-driven, and kind. She truly cares about her colleagues and project beneficiaries – I envy those who have an opportunity to work with her.”
~ Ailey Kaiser Hughes, Land Tenure Specialist, Landesa (colleague)
Kelsey is very knowledgeable on land rights issues, especially in relation to women and countries in Africa. She is an excellent researcher and writer who would be a great addition to many organizations. She is also one of the nicest people I know!
~ Darryl Vhugen, Senior Attorney and Land Tenure Specialist, Landesa (colleague)
“[Kelsey] was always patient, kept us on task, and very savvy about how to lead sometimes difficult discussions. She amazed me that she could keep so many things going at once. The website she designed, and all the ongoing updates were very professional and graphically appealing. In short, Kelsey did an excellent job in this position, and I would not hesitate to recommend her for similar positions in the future. She was great to work with, and I hope we can stay in touch.”
~ Alexandra O’Reilly, (former) Washington State Refugee & Immigrant Conference (colleague)
Kelsey is a natural connector, friendly, professional and well-versed in multicultural issues. She is extremely knowledgeable about and sensitive to issues regarding refugee and immigrant communities. Her passion and enthusiasm energized our team experience, making her not only a valuable team member but also effective and on-task when working independently. I enjoyed working with Kelsey and very much valued her ability to see from multiple perspectives. I look forward to working with her on a community project again.
~ Betty Zou, (former) Community Researcher, City of Tukwila Economic Development Division (colleague)
“[Kelsey’s] work was always done carefully, reflecting her seriousness as a student and intellectual gifts. My lasting memories, however, are more due to her personality and character. I remember her well for her delightful humor, wit and camaraderie with her peers. She works well as part of a team, and has excellent leadership capabilities. I would have no reservations recommending her for a job in which she would have responsibilities for overseeing the work of others, representing an organization directly with clients, or organizing complex events. I think she would be an asset to any organization.”
~ Brian Howell, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Wheaton College (former professor)
It is my pleasure to recommend Kelsey Jones-Casey. Kelsey has that combination that we all look for in an employee; she is self-motivated, takes charge of her projects, interacts with others well, and produces excellent results. When she joined us here at Washington CASH (Community Alliance for Self-Help), a microenterprise/microfinance program for low-income people, we had no formal volunteer program. Kelsey created all of the structure, documents, agreements, data tracking and systems we needed to make this part of our nonprofit run smoothly. Her work is professional and her personality is delightful. Any company organization will be improved by adding Kelsey to your team.
~ Cheryl Sesnon, (former) Executive Director, Washington CASH (client)
“Kelsey demonstrated thoughtful and critical analytic and interpretive skills. She conducted independent field research, thoroughly documented her field work, and showed ethical judgment and care with the entire field experience. She is well-versed in conducting observational studies, unstructured and semi-structured interviews, and focus groups. I can guarantee that Kelsey Jones-Casey is thoroughly qualified to conduct qualitative research.”
~ Sara Curran, Associate Professor of International Studies & Public Affairs, Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington (former professor)
Kelsey designed and implemented an evaluation of the City of Seattle’s Neighborhood Plan Update Outreach and Engagement Strategy using the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative evaluation framework. She successfully collaborated across departments (The Department of Neighborhoods and Planning Department), worked well cross-culturally, and brought solid evaluation and project management skills to the work. Kelsey’s evaluation methods included in-depth interviews, surveys, and document analysis. Her respondents included policy-makers and executives at the City of Seattle, planning outreach liaisons from communities of color, refugee and immigrant groups, and other stakeholder residents in southeast Seattle. Her evaluative process also examined challenges related to racial and economic injustice, including gentrification.
~ Kimberlee Archie, (former) Deputy Director, City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods (client)
“Kelsey is incredibly passionate and committed to the work she does in the community. Kelsey is a strong, culturally competent leader who is passionate about community engagement work with a heart for working with new immigrant and refugee communities settling in the Seattle Area.Kelsey did a phenomenal job of planning and coordinating the University of Washington’s Refugee and Immigrant Conference in 2008 where over 300 professionals and community members came together in one of the best conferences I have ever attended. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Kelsey in the future.”
~ Alexandra Manuel, (former) Civic Engagement Director, YMCA of Greater Seattle (colleague)
Kelsey assumed full responsibility for coordinating a large-scale, state-wide refugee conference event. She handled all aspects of event coordination with tasks including budget compliance, volunteer coordination, committee oversight, workshop content, fundraising coordination, website development and maintenance, venue coordination, etc. Her position required high levels of communication, political juggling, punctuality, time management, and creativity. It was a difficult position that she managed with brilliance and grace. Her capabilities are strong and diverse. I would strongly recommend her for employment in the future and would consider hiring her for my business if I had an appropriate service need.
~ Rose O’Brien-Ochs, (former) Washington State Refugee & Immigrant Conference | Services to Refugee Elders Program (colleague and client)
“Kelsey is an extremely hard worker with a heart of gold and a passion for her work.”
~ Victor Buck Child, (former) Marc Lindenberg Center for International Development, Humanitarian Relief and Global Citizenship (colleague)