Kelsey Hamlin

Communicator, organizer, writer (she/her)

I’m currently working as a communications and political consultant.

In 2021, I managed Andrew Grant Houston’s mayoral campaign and staff. Before then, I oversaw and organized statewide legislative efforts, significantly grew a nonprofit’s engagement, and spent years as a freelance journalist.

While I’m originally from rural Washington, when I came to work and study in Seattle, I fell in love with the place (and remain).

Skills & Knowledge

  • Research
  • Policy
  • Politics
  • Salesforce
  • Moderating
  • Organizing
  • Writing & editing
  • Graphic Design
  • Social media
  • Photography
  • Videography
  • Strategic messaging
  • Collaboration
  • Creating websites
  • Organization and attention to detail
  • Communications
    • Managing press outreach and coordination
    • Designing graphics and content/website design
    • Writing and managing newsletters
  • Strategy
    • Assisting with messaging and frameworks
    • Drafting LTEs and op-eds
  • Operations Management
    • Updating meeting decks
    • Representing DTC in client and coalition meetings
    • Tracking and updating legislative efforts

Professional Development

  • Accessibility on Social Media (2022)
  • Power with Not Power over (2020)
  • Sierra Club white caucuses’ White Supremacy & Me (2019-2020)
  • The Language of Racism, Passive-Aggressive Communication Norms (2018)
  • Undoing Racism (2018)

Volunteer Work

Working together in an advisory group [the decision-making group are, rightfully, only Black] to coordinate responses across the state around Legislative proposals concerning W4BL’s goals and priorities for the protection of Black lives

During my time at Sierra Club, I spoke up to top level, national management about workplace inequities and the issue of retaining de facto temporary work [“limited duration positions (LDE)”] that could be renewed at any time, even for years on end, leaving employees in precarious situations [of which was my position] without specific protections or equal pay. We also fought for more equally-distributed pay between national and state chapters, more time off, a reassessment of “levels” and pay mismatching the employer’s own existing parameters (including inflation), and more. This was my first true experience within a union and it could not have been better. I was thoroughly impressed, motivated, and inspired by and with PWU.


  • DNC Best Practices Institute T3 Training (2021)
  • Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites (2016-2018)
  • Diversity in Communications trainings (2018)
  • Bystander Intervention and De-escalation trainings (2017)

Past Labor

  • Organized volunteer lobby teams in key legislative districts
  • Provided research and messaging on transportation, housing, building electrification, COVID-19, and economic recovery
  • Collaborated with allied organizations on the Climate Alliance’s Clean & Just table, and on transportation
  • Tracked, advised, and testified on relevant legislative and campaign efforts around Washington State
  • Helped with digital (newsletters, webinars, engagement, press releases, Salesforce, VAN, and outreach), fundraising emails, donor retention, and mobilized volunteers and activists
Shaun Scott for Seattle City Council District 4’s Policy Director
(Jan. 2019 – Nov. 2019)
  • Presented strategic messaging, research, and data for childcare, municipal broadband, the climate crisis as it intersects with global gender inequality, freelancer rights, housing and transportation policies for the candidate, literature, video, website, and VAN scripts
  • Prepped talking points specific to events and debates
  • Moderated on video stream and debate
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee member, providing research and proposals to Program Directors, trainings, readings, preparing for topical lunch learnings, and hours-long, all-staff”deep dives”
  • Coordinated emails through Mailchimp, social media, engagement, media outreach, performance, speaker requests, and public testimony
  • In charge of revamping Seattle Neighbors’ website, making new photography, interviews, and stories
  • Created graphics, branded logos, multimedia, reports, press releases, and best practices
  • Collaborated with researchers, the housing team, legislators, organizers, and allied organizations
  • Stayed up-to-date on PNW fossil fuel proposals, climate, housing, transportation, voting, and democracy
Freelance journalist
(Dec. 2014 – July 2018; and rarely still)
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