Kelsey Johnson is a Community Planner at GCCDS. She received a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan, focusing on environmental and land use policy and planning. The majority of her studies concentrated on planning issues and policy in coastal towns. Kelsey was fortunate to gain experience studying at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in North Carolina where she studied coastal and ocean policy and planning in an area that was at the forefront of these issues. She also spent a semester at the School for Field Studies in the small fishing village of Puerto San Carlos, Baja California Sur, Mexico and was able to learn more about the unique dynamic between the marine environment and the communities that depend directly and indirectly on them.
Kelsey has previously worked in the Water Resources Department of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in Washington, D.C., and as an AmeriCorps member in the Community and Economic Development Department at Focus: HOPE in Detroit, Michigan. She has spent the past four years working for nonprofit arts and cultural centers in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi, but is excited to be back in the planning field in such a dynamic and inspiring region.