Chelsey Bryant

Director of Advisory Strategies

Chelsey is the Director of Advisory Strategies leading national initiatives focused on workforce development and economic inclusion. 


As a solutions-oriented planner, Chelsey is committed towards advancing climate policy at the intersection of sustainability, technology and socio-economic development to drive equitable change. She brings over 10 years of experience as a researcher and facilitator focused on inclusive community and economic development, stakeholder engagement and strategic planning. Prior to joining Emerald Cities, Chelsey was the Principal at Ponder Analytics working with a range of clients providing industry and labor market analysis focused on equitable “high road” climate jobs. 


During her time, Chelsey has evaluated Philadelphia building decarbonization workforce potential, assessed the clean energy workforce within the New England region and co-authored a transportation equity study, as a researcher with the UCLA Center for Neighborhood Knowledge, to enhance state transportation departments capacity to include racial equity in technical and analytical practices.


Chelsey received a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where she focused on regional economic development and global affairs. She previously obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Hampton University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, hiking, and exploring new places as a native Angeleno.