Kelsey Ellingsen has nearly a decade of experience in Columbus politics and leverages her expertise in policy, organizing, and government to be a fierce advocate for her community. A passionate public servant at heart, she is committed to harnessing the power of government to create transformative impacts on the lives of all people.
Ellingsen currently serves as the legislative aide to Columbus City Council President Pro Tempore Elizabeth Brown. Since coming to City Council in 2016, much of Ellingsen's work has been devoted to advancing progressive policies that support women and families, as well as immigrant and refugee communities in Columbus. In this role, Ellingsen helped establish a comprehensive paid family leave policy that was the first of its kind in the Midwest and the third nationally. She was also an integral part of the launch of the Columbus Families Together Fund, which provides pro bono legal representation to detained immigrants among other legal services as a part of a national immigrant justice effort by local governments to fight family separation and ensure due process.
Prior to City Council, Ellingsen worked at the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Department of Education. She also worked on several campaigns, including U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown's 2012 re-election campaign, the statewide Senate Bill 5 repeal campaign to protect collective bargaining in Ohio, and multiple other state and local races.
Originally from the Hudson Valley region of New York, she moved to Columbus in 2008 to attend The Ohio State University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs.