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Chelsea Farley

Chelsea Farley

Communications Director


Chelsea Farley is the Communications Director of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. She leads the development and implementation of the Research Alliance’s communications strategy, including publications, the website, events, media outreach, and marketing. Ms. Farley oversees the Spotlight on New York City Schools series and plays a key role in synthesizing insights and lessons from across Research Alliance studies (see, for example, Better Evidence for Better Schools and Blueprint for Advancing Equity in NYC Schools).

Previously, Farley was the vice president for communications at Public/Private Ventures (P/PV), which was lauded by Philanthropedia for its “strong communications arm” during her tenure. She built P/PV’s reputation for clear, accessible, persuasive reports aimed at practitioners, funders, and policymakers. She also provided leadership for special projects, such as the Mayors’ Summit on Reentry and Employment, which featured then Mayor Michael Bloomberg as keynote speaker, and the Emmy-nominated documentary, Hard Road Home.

Ms. Farley has consulted for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations and collaborated with many leading foundations, as well as some of the country’s largest and most well respected social programs. She has written and edited numerous influential papers and reports, focused largely on education and youth development, employment, and broad issues related to program evaluation and scale.

Farley earned an M.P.H. from Boston University and a B.A. in sociology from Wesleyan University.