A native of Ashtabula, Ohio, Chelsea Fuller is a multiplatform journalist and communications strategist currently working at Blackbird. As Blackbird’s Senior Communications Manager, Chelsea supervises the accounts of various clients, including the #MeToo Movement and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL), a coalition of more than 30 organizations committed to fighting for equality and justice for Black people. Aside from these responsibilities, she provides high-level rapid response and crisis communications support to organizations and communities across the country in moments of unrest, particularly those centering the state-sanctioned killings of Black people. Chelsea has successfully provided communications support to organizations including Black Lives Matter, the Dream Defenders, the Organization for Black Struggle, Workers Center for Racial Justice, Baltimore BLOC and BYP100 in the aftermath of the deaths of Michael Brown Jr., Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Keith Scott and others.
Prior to joining Blackbird, Chelsea worked at the Advancement Project, one of the nation’s leading civil rights and racial justice organizations. As the Senior Communications Associate for Youth Criminalization, Chelsea led the Youth Criminalization initiative focused on monitoring and shifting harmful narratives pertaining to our nation’s youth of color through grassroots campaigns and national interventions. She also led the organization’s groundbreaking research on the way youth of color are criminalized through biased newsroom and editorial policies. During her time at Advancement Project, Chelsea was a field producer for the EPIX docu-series “America Divided,” working with actor and activist Jesse Williams to highlight the vast educational inequities in Pinellas County, Fla.
Before her time at Advancement Project, Chelsea was an Alfred Fleishman Diversity Fellow at FleishmanHillard International Communications in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the Public Affairs team servicing clients like the Clinton Global Initiative, the United Nations Foundation and GM. Chelsea holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in News Editorial Journalism and Africana studies from West Virginia University, and a Master’s of Arts in Strategic Communications and Social Justice Advocacy from American University.
Chelsea previously worked as a reporter, columnist and copy editor at The Dominion Post in Morgantown, WV, and was editor-in-chief of The Urban Outlook, an online publication focused on news and issues affecting the nation’s underrepresented populations. She is a regular contributor on issues of race, culture and justice for The Root and the Huffington Post, and is the Co-chair of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Young Journalist Task Force