Head of Partnerships
Kelsey joined the founding team of Thread in 2012. Thread (under B2B brand "First Mile") takes trash from communities and transforms it into consumer goods for global brands trying to find value in authenticity, transparency, and responsibility. Kelsey built the on the ground community impact programming for First Mile ®’s waste reclamation network in Haiti, which was then expanded to Honduras and Taiwan. In 2017, she took over the leadership of sales, expanding the portfolio of global brands utilizing First Mile material in their products. Her expertise is in impact measurement, supply chain traceability, and recycled materials. She represents First Mile ® in the Ellen Macarthur Foundation Circular Economy 100 working group, Textile Exchange recycled polyester working group, and serves as an advisor to NextWave Plastics. In February 2015, Kelsey became the first woman to Run Across Haiti, as part of WORK’s inaugural event. She believes that recycling is magic and that the true climate change heroes are the entrepreneurs turning waste into a resource every day.