Communications Officer

Kelsey Mertes provides media relations, event planning, and project support to the Communications and Advocacy team at MVI.

Prior to joining MVI, Kelsey worked at GMMB—a strategic communication and issues advocacy firm—on account teams for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Washington State Department of Health. At GMMB, she gained experience in social marketing, public relations, and policy research. She also worked as a research assistant on a study of state-funded early-childhood-education programs, conducted jointly by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Virginia, and UCLA.

Kelsey holds a BA, with honors, in sociology and editorial journalism from the University of Washington, and a master's degree in public administration with an international development emphasis from Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.