Groundwork Ohio Welcomes New Policy Associate



Columbus, Ohio: Today, Groundwork Ohio announced the appointment of Kelsey Hopkins as its newest Policy Associate. “I am excited to join the Groundwork team and be part of the great work being done on behalf of Ohio’s young children,” said Kelsey Hopkins. “I am passionate about children, education, and child welfare and I am looking forward to contributing to Groundwork’s advocacy efforts in these and other areas." As the newest Policy Associate to Groundwork, Kelsey joins the team advancing Groundwork’s mission through policy development and advocacy. As early childhood education and development is rapidly growing across the state, the addition of Kelsey as a policy associate comes at a crucial time.  “The past several years have been filled with significant progress in fostering support for policies that improve children’s early learning and healthy development,” said Shannon Jones, Executive Director, Groundwork Ohio. “We are excited to welcome Kelsey and the experience and skills she brings to the table as we continue to build momentum, engage diverse stakeholders and improve outcomes for Ohio’s pregnant women, young children, and their families.”  Prior to joining Groundwork, Kelsey served as an after-school program coordinator for various organizations, as well as a program assistant for the I Am My Brother’s Keeper program operated by Ohio State University’s Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Most recently, Kelsey served as the Legislative Aide to Ohio State Representative Erica C. Crawley, supporting legislative efforts and constituents. Kelsey obtained her B.A. in Sociology from Bethel College in Mishawaka, IN in 2015 and went on to obtain dual master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration from The Ohio State University in 2018. Groundwork Ohio is a committed, nonpartisan public-policy research and advocacy organization formed in 2004 that champions high-quality early learning and healthy development strategies from the prenatal period to age five, that lay a strong foundation for Ohio kids, families and communities. To learn more about Groundwork Ohio visit www.GroundworkOhio.org and follow us on Twitter @GroundworkOhio and Facebook, www.facebook.com/GroundworkOhio.

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