Welcome, Chelsea!

We are excited to introduce our newest MCH Staff Member, Chelsea McFarren! 

A little about Chelsea:

Chelsea recently joined MCH as Development Director.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Family Social Science and Political Science with a minor in American Indian studies all while simultaneously enjoying a track and field career as a sprinter for the Gophers.  Upon graduation, Chelsea immediately began applying her education to fulfilling her passion: combating social injustice and racial inequity. Chelsea has previously served in various roles in several not for profits dedicated to alleviating poverty, providing pathways to employment and supporting the transition from prison to community for formerly incarcerated individuals.  As Event Director at Twin Cities R!SE, Chelsea coordinated efforts to directly engage the robust employment base of the Twin Cities with individuals suffering from poverty on their road to employment.

In addition to her non-profit experience, Chelsea has previously worked on President Obama’s re-election campaign as Deputy Youth Vote Director as well as the subsequent White House administration.  In those roles she found it evident that an all encompassing and bipartisan approach is crucial to success in any organization that incorporates policy on behalf of under-resourced communities.

She is a founding board member of the Northside Fighting Chance Boxing Club aimed at helping North Minneapolis youth achieve self discipline and positive change through physical fitness.  When she isn’t reading or watching CNN Chelsea enjoys running (and coaching a Minneapolis Track and Field team), traveling and spending time with those who mean most to her especially her two young sons.

1. What inspired you to work at a public policy org that works with affordable housing and economic security?

I think that my overall professional career has spanned an array of focuses that pertain to serving over looked and under-resourced communities and because I care deeply about racial inequity, I can see the direct repercussions that exist in our community as it relates to lack of affordable housing.  I firmly believe that none of us are at our potential in life until all of us have the opportunity to reach theirs.

2. What interested you in the Development Director position? 
I was drawn to the position of Development Director because logically I’ve had a substantial history of event and fundraising experience to apply to it, but more importantly, the organization’s values and mission seemed to align strongly with my own and it’s not only a position but an organization where I feel like I’ll be positively challenged and able to make a significant and lasting impact to the communities I care about.
3. What does ‘home’ mean to you?
Home to me means a safe, happy and reliable place to nurture and raise my sons or a feeling of comfort with an individual.
4. What are you looking forward to this summer? 
This summer, I’m looking forward to traveling a lot, hopefully, LA and Miami a lot as well as an international trip and pool and lake days with my boys!
5. What is something interesting/funny about you?
I had lunch with Grace Coddington in Paris at Cafe De Flore during fashion week!
We are very excited to learn alongside Chelsea’s leadership!