Kelsey Waldron began with the Women's Fund of Omaha in August 2018 as a Weitz Fellow. Now a Policy and Research Associate, Kelsey supports state-level policy work while collaborating on expansion of local policy impact. Kelsey enjoys all stages of policy making, from crafting policy agendas, drafting bills, testifying, working with Senators, and conducting policy analysis. In her current role, Kelsey is particularly passionate about increasing community engagement with the legislature and supporting accessibility of our elected bodies.
Kelsey graduated from Carleton College in 2018, majoring in history with a focus on South Asian history. In her studies, she examined how historical narratives are constructed and the power structures involved in such construction, particularly in a colonial context. Kelsey studied in a subaltern historical approach that emphasized subverting traditional historical narratives and archival sources.
Kelsey is passionate about working on issues impacting womxn and girls, particularly in the intersections with mental health and trauma. Ultimately, Kelsey is interested in pursuing mental health policy reform, particularly in response to those living with serious and persistent mental illness. Kelsey is passionate about bringing more trauma informed approaches to our systems of response and laws regarding mental health and building a system that centers the individual's health care.