Chelsey Birgisdóttir



Juggler of busy schedules and logistics, Chelsey brings energy and enthusiasm to her role as Coordinator. Specifically, she works with Move to End Violence (MEV), a project that focuses on increasing movement building capacity for leaders who work toward ending violence against women and girls.

In her position, Chelsey oversees the planning and execution of program convenings and regional workshops and provides administerial support for the MEV staff. In addition to her role as coordinator, Chelsey also produces written content for the MEV blog. One of the projects that Chelsey has enjoyed the most was coordinating an interview with Black Lives Matter Co-Founder Alicia Garza and authoring a 5-part blog series that highlighted movement building lessons from the interview.

Prior to joining MEV, Chelsey studied Communication at Stanford University where she explored her passion for public interest journalism, ethnic studies and videography. While in college, she wrote for The Sacramento Valley Mirror, a print newspaper in the heart of the Sacramento Valley, covering stories that ranged from a feature of a local ESL teacher to an investigative piece about malpractice accusations against a jail’s private medical provider. After graduating in 2015, Chelsey moved to New York City where she worked as a Policy and Community Organizing intern for the Bronx Defenders. There, she increased membership of the firm’s community organizing group, The Organizing Project, to a healthy 30-member organization and assisted in the planning of local campaigns highlighting issues with the local police and child protective services agency.

When Chelsey is not at work, she is training to be a professional athlete for US Women’s Olympic Rugby Team and engaging in local activism in her Seattle community.

Career Highlights

  • Cohort Member, Muslim Women Leaders Program, Union Theological Seminary
  • Video Production Intern, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University
  • Policy and Community Organizing Intern, The Bronx Defenders
  • Fellow, POLITICO Journalism Institute