Kelsey Cowger
Pronouns
She/Her/Hers
Year
2020
Chapter
Position
Field Organizer, For Our Future, Virginia

Kelsey Cowger grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and began her professional career in politics working in the national office of Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign while still a student at Oberlin College. After the campaign, Kelsey did doctoral work in musicology at the University of Chicago and UCLA, taught at the university level for several years, and then pivoted to working in nonprofits in her beloved adopted home of Charlottesville, Virginia.

She has recently come full circle and is back to working in politics; currently, she works as a field organizer for For Our Future Virginia, a union-backed 501(c)4 that focuses on education, the environment and racial justice. Kelsey serves on the board of the Charlottesville Unitarian church and is a member of the steering committee for IMPACT Justice Ministry, a grassroots, interfaith community organizing group dedicated to addressing equity issues in the Charlottesville area. She is deeply concerned about issues of environmental justice, and to that end, recently ran for local office, in part to address the issues raised by several proposed oil and gas pipelines in the region.

Kelsey sings with several local choirs, plays the cello, likes to kayak, is a constant reader and loves hiking around in the mountains with her partner and their four dogs. She has several certifications in applied animal behavior, and enjoys thinking about the many similarities between training dogs and working on political campaigns.