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Chelsea Allinger

Director of Communications and Development
Chelsea Allingercallinger@communityprogress.net
877-542-4842 x153

Chelsea Allinger has more than a decade of experience in urban policy, urban planning, and community development. She is passionate about ensuring that efforts to strengthen communities and neighborhoods are well-supported and well-communicated.


Chelsea has been part of the Center for Community Progress since 2013. As Director of Communications and Development, she oversees media relations, branding and marketing, editing and publications, and the organization’s website, email communications, and social media. She also manages corporate, foundation, government, and individual giving for the organization, including for the national Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference.


Prior to joining Community Progress, Chelsea worked in development and communications at Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation in northeast Brooklyn. There, she formalized and grew the organization’s communications infrastructure, coordinated record-breaking fundraising events and campaigns, and raised millions of dollars in foundation, corporate, and government grants. Chelsea previously worked at Smart Growth America on the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. She helped develop and execute policy workshops for governors, cabinet members, and other state officials on policies related to smart growth and urban development. She also served the City of Rochester, New York's Department of Recreation and Youth Services through the pilot Rochester Youth Year Fellowship (an AmeriCorps VISTA program).


Chelsea earned a M.A. in Public Policy with a focus in Philosophy and Social Policy from The George Washington University, where her coursework centered on urban policy and urban sustainability. She also holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Rochester.


Outside of the office, Chelsea is an elected Commissioner for Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1D in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington, D.C., a nonpartisan neighborhood body that advises District government on housing, transportation, economic development, and other policy issues affecting the neighborhood. She is also a volunteer meditation instructor, avid gardener, and mom to a senior cat named Jack.