Kelsey Menzel


Development Manager

Kelsey Menzel is the Development Manager at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She oversees [bc]’s fundraising and development, cultivating valuable relationships with [bc]’s key stakeholders—from large organizations and communities to single individuals who all have at least one thing in common: a commitment to building strong, sustainable, and equitable cities.

Kelsey previously worked as a copywriter for a local nonprofit development agency before moving abroad to teach English as a foreign language in Bogotá, Colombia. Here, Kelsey became interested in what makes a community thrive—which later led her to pursue a Master of Urban Management. During this time, Kelsey received substantial theoretical and hands-on training in urbanism and community development, including a summer at the Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she worked side-by-side with residents to evaluate key strengths and opportunities regarding public space in the vibrant neighborhood of Braamfontein. While completing her master’s thesis, Kelsey partnered with the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville to research affordable housing approaches and how public policy can be enhanced to help the most vulnerable achieve their right to adequate housing.

Kelsey has a Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Science in Urban Management from the Technical University of Berlin, Germany.