About Chelsea

Chelsea Sunday Kline is a progressive activist, higher education leader, and mother of three. She is running for State Senate to be a voice for Western Massachusetts and a champion for working families, local businesses, and marginalized communities. She fervently believes in the power of people working together to lift up every member of their community, and in the responsibility of government to support people in need.

A graduate of Smith College and Harvard Divinity School, Chelsea is a higher education administrator and educator focusing on supporting non-traditional students. She leads several academic and leadership programs at Bay Path University in the American Women’s College, including the Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders (WELL) program, the Leadership and Organizational Studies (LOS) program, as well as the Arts and Humanities offerings. She is proud to mentor and hold up people of all genders, ages, and backgrounds.

As a former teen mom juggling multiple jobs to try to make ends meet, Chelsea knows how difficult it can be for low-income people to stay above water. Chelsea’s experience surviving the realities of poverty was only possible with the help of her community, as well as food stamps and other public programs. Now, as the social safety net continues to fray, Chelsea has committed herself to continuing to support anti-poverty programs. She and her son serve meals at Providence Ministries, and she is a founding member of Badass Activists of the Pioneer Valley, a local Indivisible chapter demanding more from Beacon Hill and Washington. Through her volunteerism and advocacy, Chelsea supports people in need just as her community once did for her.

Chelsea and her family moved often when she was younger in search of health care for her brother. Shortly after Chelsea had her daughter, her family moved to Northampton so her mother could undergo treatment for breast cancer. Chelsea cared for her daughter and mother while working as a nanny and taking classes at Greenfield Community College. With encouragement from advisors and financial support from her community, she eventually transferred to Smith.

At Smith, Chelsea became a student organizer of the Civil Liberties Public Policy (CLPP) conference and joined the Reproductive Rights Activist Service Corps (RRASC). Through her organizing work, Chelsea recognized that the biggest obstacles to women’s health and reproductive freedom were systemic, pervasive, and could only be addressed in houses of government. Chelsea graduated from Smith in 2008 with her Bachelor’s in Religion and Biblical Literature with high honors. Much of her research was on the impact of governmental and religious laws and expectations on vulnerable and marginalized people. Chelsea then attended Harvard Divinity School, earning her Master’s in Theological Studies, with a focus on Women, Religion, Gender, and Sexuality and an emphasis on pastoral care and counseling.

Chelsea is a member of the Hampshire & Franklin County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts (WFWM) board of directors, and the Leadership Institute for Political and Public Impact (LIPPI) advisory council. She also serves as community religious advisor for Jewish students at Smith College. Chelsea lives in Northampton with her husband Greg and has three children ages 4, 10, and 21.

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