Chelsea Smith

Program Officer

Chelsea Smith joined the Brooklyn Community Foundation in July 2017. She is an artist, entrepreneur, and has more than 10+ years of local, national, and international grantmaking experience. Chelsea began her career in philanthropy with the Altman Foundation, where she managed a diverse portfolio of grantees focusing on youth development, college access, and arts and culture programming for young people in New York City. She has also worked for the What to Expect Foundation, where she facilitated national Prenatal and maternal health literacy trainings for doctors, midwives, nurses, and home visitors; and most recently, for the Robertson Foundation managing commitments focused on education, youth development and leadership, conservation, and rural economic development. Chelsea holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University in Anthropology and Latin American Studies, and an M.B.A from New York University with a concentration on Social Entrepreneurship. She is a native New Yorker, an alumna of Prep for Prep, and for several years held a seat on the Leadership Council of the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young women in New York City and Newark realize their power and become leaders of the next generation. Chelsea is a proud resident of Crown Heights.