We’re pleased to share that Chelsea Ross has joined the Partnership as its Director of Special Projects!
In her role as Director of Special Projects, Chelsea will oversee all development functions for the Partnership, including planning and implementing a plan to ensure long term fiscal support for the Partnership’s mission. Chelsea will also contribute to the Partnership’s affordable housing advocacy and policy work, racial equity strategies, and oversee current and future special projects and initiatives.
Chelsea brings 12 years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector, most recently as Associate Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH). Chelsea oversaw and strengthened the management and operations of CSH New England, and directed responsive technical assistance and systems change implementation to housing and service providers, policy makers, and communities throughout New England. She led and contributed to the development of comprehensive assessments and actionable roadmaps to meet the short- and long-term needs of communities across New England to prevent and end homelessness and housing instability.
Immediately prior to joining CSH, Chelsea held roles in marketing, fund development and volunteer coordination at a CT based Continuing Care Community where she delivered on an aggressive strategic plan to grow the range of housing choices and commitment to wellness for residents. Chelsea has spent the bulk of her career working in housing including two years as Manager of Planning and Development for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) where she developed and executed the organizations’ strategic and fund development planning. When she began at CCEH she worked alongside the Partnership and Reaching Home in the statewide movement to prevent and end homelessness in her role as coordinator for the Bridgeport community plan to end homelessness and Continuum of Care.
Chelsea has served in additional roles in fund development, policy, and in direct service as a community case manager providing client centered case management to adults experiencing severe persistent mental illness. Chelsea has centered her career in organizations that seek to stabilize at-risk individuals and families through housing.
Chelsea holds a Masters in Public Administration and a Certificate in Non Profit Management from the University of Connecticut, and a B.A. in Social Work from Western CT State University.
“Housing is a human right,” said Chelsea. “The Partnership for Strong Communities is regarded as the touchstone for housing and homelessness policy and advocacy in Connecticut. Housing is the foundation for strong, successful, thriving communities. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside a creative and innovative team and a cadre of committed cross sector partners to further the creation of affordable housing opportunities, address systemic housing inequities, and improve the quality of life for individuals and families across our state.”
We are excited to have Chelsea’s leadership and expertise at the Partnership, and we look forward to her continuing her stellar work to reduce homelessness in Connecticut while expanding housing opportunity throughout the state.
Please joining us in welcoming Chelsea!