Chelsea Gregory (she/her) is an equity and restorative justice practitioner, coach, cultural organizer, and community-engaged artist who brings over two decades of experience working collaboratively with organizations, educational institutions, and communities. She is a trainer and coach for the social impact firm Create Forward working in the areas of equity, restorative practices, empathic facilitation, program design, and developing partnerships. She also works with Inspire Justice and Culture Shift Agency as an equity practitioner, coach, and social impact advisor. As a consultant, Chelsea has worked with teams and individuals at the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office, Lincoln Center Education, The Brooklyn Library, Earthjustice, the Denver Mayor's Office, Climate Nexus, Rutgers University, CUNY Creative Arts Team, UC Irvine, Urban Bush Women BOLD, Purpose Productions, Working Theater, and CORE Dance.
She has also designed and implemented programming for numerous grade schools, as well as institutions of higher ed such as The New School, New York University, Brown University, Wesleyan, UMASS Amherst, and Columbia University among others. In 2020, she joined the teaching faculty of University of California at Berkeley, and became a TDPS Equity Committee member.
She was part of the 2019 Emergent Strategy Immersion in Brooklyn, NY with adrienne maree brown and other fellow organizers, and the principles articulated through emergent strategy continue to shape her practice. She has also trained extensively with the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, and is an alumna of New York University and Naropa University. In 2011, she presented at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics' Graduate Convergence, and was selected to be part of their EMERGENYC cohort. Her writing has been published in Occupying Privilege: Conversations on Love, Race and Liberation, Steve Cannon’s A Gathering of the Tribes, The Charis Review and We Got Issues! A Young Woman’s Guide to a Bold, Courageous and Empowered Life.
Her most recent community-engaged arts work has been in collaboration with Urban Bush Women, Cornerstone Theater Company, La Pocha Nostra, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Working Theater and ACRE (Artists Co-Creating Real Equity). Her original artistic work has been produced by venues such as The Culture Project and LaMama ETC in New York, Los Angeles Women's Theater Festival, La Peña Cultural Center (Berkeley CA), and 7 Stages (Atlanta GA).