Kelsey Woods

Board Member

Kelsey headshot

Kelsey started her professional nonprofit career ten years ago with the Arthritis Foundation (AF), growing through four roles before deciding to enroll at Seattle University and obtain her Masters in Nonprofit Leadership. After graduating (2013), she was invited to apply for the Executive Director position at Construction for Change (CfC), and it quickly became an opportunity she couldn’t resist. CfC is a global nonprofit organization dedicated entirely to providing quality infrastructure to other nonprofit organizations who work in the areas of healthcare, education, and economic opportunity. The organization has funded and project managed clinics, schoolhouses, office space, and community buildings in Cambodia, India, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Togo, Nepal, and the Solomon Islands. This in and of itself is niche work, but what Kelsey found particularly intriguing and unique about CfC was that with the exception of 1-2 volunteer project managers, all labor is local and paid a fair wage, and all materials are locally sourced for economic growth and sustainability. When Kelsey started at CfC, they were a 1.5 person shop with a large and dedicated volunteer base.  It didn’t take her long to realize that in addition to their international construction work, if CfC was going to be a sustainable organization, and one welcomed by the greater Seattle community, CfC needed to do something at home as well. These were the beginnings of CfC:local, an initiative that launched in the Spring of 2015 to ensure CfC was using their resources, connections and expertise to support the important work happening in Seattle. That fall CfC funded and oversaw a mid-sized renovation for University District Youth Center (now Youthcare) and project managed significant renovations for Larkin Street Youth Services (LSYS) in San Francisco. Simultaneously, CfC implemented a fee-for-service model to ensure financial sustainability. The first of these projects was the LSYS project, which was such a success that CfC is currently contracted for a second project. In the Spring of 2016 Kelsey was recruited back to the Arthritis Foundation. They had recently undergone significant changes nationally, rebranding the organization, unifying under one 501c3, centralizing administrative services and most importantly refocusing on the 50 million patients in the US who depended on them on a day-to-day basis. It was an extremely exciting time for the AF, and for Kelsey to “come home.” Kelsey now serves as Senior Executive Director for the AF in Washington and Alaska.