Chelsey Jones

Assistant Director, Scholars & Fellows Programs and Director, Cummings Scholars

Chelsey Jones developed a deep passion for college access and education equity through her first job after college: working in two rural high schools in Pittsylvania County, Virginia with the National College Advising Corps.

More recently, Chelsey comes to JHU from The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC). During her five years at TWC she managed three diversity talent pipelines on behalf of the U.S. Department of State: the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship, the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship, and the very first cohort of the Clarke Diplomatic Security Fellowship. She has nearly a decade of experience in education, working in residence life at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, copywriting charter school assessments for the KIPP Wheatley portfolio, analyzing data for advocacy organizations like The Education Trust, and disbursing scholarships at a community college-oriented start-up.

Chelsey grew up in Culpeper, Virginia. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. She also holds a M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and a M.A. in Education Policy and Social Analysis from Teachers College at Columbia University. Chelsey loves pop-culture trivia, live music and theatre, and cheering for UVA Basketball (but has recently added the Ravens to her ESPN app). She is creating community in Baltimore through adult jazz dance classes, volunteering, and yoga in Patterson Park.