Director for Nonproliferation Policy, Arms Control Association

Kelsey is director for nonproliferation policy at the Arms Control Association, where she focuses on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran and North Korea and on international efforts to prevent proliferation and nuclear terrorism. She also runs the Arms Control Association’s project assessing the effectiveness of multilateral voluntary initiatives that contribute to nonproliferation efforts. She has been quoted in numerous publications, including The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Guardian, and has provided commentary for outlets such as NPR, CNN, and Fox News. Kelsey is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the board of directors for the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship and the advisory committee for the National Committee on North Korea. Previously, she worked at a think tank in Jerusalem. She holds an MA in peace studies from the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

I am most excited to work on projects that… foster inclusivity and creativity in the nuclear policy community.

I am looking for partners who can help me… better understand the intersections between nuclear weapons and social justice.

A moment when I felt most inspired in my work was… meeting Pope Francis after he declared the possession of nuclear weapons immoral. 

Innovations in my field that I am most excited to work on… include using different types of media to increase the saliency of the nuclear threat and forge connections with new communities.

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