Kelsey Hamlin

At the moment, I work in a limited-duration position at the Sierra Club Washington State Chapter as their Volunteer Outreach & Development Coordinator. In this position, I manage and update legislative lobby teams; keep track of, provide updates on, prepare and testify for the Chapter’s legislative priorities; work alongside allied partners on the Climate Alliance’s Steering Committee, COVID-19 Solidarity work, and Clean & Just Table, representing Sierra Club; assist coworkers and allied organizations with communications-related and policy/research work, messaging, and organizing; focus on the climate and inequity effects of land use; write occasional blog-posts for our newsletters; handle lapsed donors and donors with requests through Salesforce and Campfire; coordinate with coworkers on a multitude of topics (building electrification, district-specific webinars, transportation, changes to campaigns, volunteer organizing, best practices due to COVID-19 and economic recession); and am tasked with the beginnings of a potential transportation campaign.

Before this position, I worked at Sightline Institute as their communications associate. I focused on focus on systemic issues around sustainability (environment, the Thin Green Line, fossil fuels, housing, transportation, voting rights); created graphics; collaborated in teams; managed social media; lead Seattle Neighbors; did press and allied organization outreach; and joined the Diversity & Equity Committee where we successfully led a deeply-researched proposal to change internal practices.

During half of my time at Sightline, I was Shaun Scott’s campaign policy director for Seattle City Council District 4. In that position, I provided prep for Shaun before specific events, interviews, and debates; provided policy-specific research and recommendations; worked with our communications for strategic messaging on his website, in pamphlets, in campaign videos and within VAN for our amazing door-to-door volunteers, summarizing his prominent platform stances on policy; moderated; helped craft speeches; and more.

Before all this, I was a journalist for four years. I left the industry with sadness and relief. It didn’t value my work–evident by compensation, healthcare, and self-care. I still have thoughts on and deep cares for journalism. Those won’t ever really go away.

I felt my route in journalism involved the moment legalities, systems and policies touch people’s everyday lives. I’ve made sure any job I take does the same. With that said…


The printing press that I walked by countless times nearly every day in the University of Washington’s Communications building. (Photo by Agatha Pacheco-Flores)

Some of my favorite clips can be accessed here

There’s a separate website for my undergraduate experience and what I accomplished.

One comment

  1. Kelsey, please get in touch if you are interested in some history on the model that actually worked in the 90’s. This is a great example of for-profit privatization of a government service with crappy consequences. Can give you contacts of other people to interview as well.


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