Associate Kelsey Campbell brings to RPLG unique management skills gained from military service at senior levels.
In 2002–2009, Ms. Campbell served in the U S. Air Force as a Russian Linguist and Intelligence Analyst. She received numerous commendations for her service stateside and abroad.
In 2011, Ms. Campbell joined the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Pentagon as a Foreign Policy Advisor. Over the course of four years, she collaborated on strategy and policy matters with the White House, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Congress and allied and partner countries throughout Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Ms. Campbell gained valuable management experience working on bilateral negotiations, international treaties, and budgets.
While attending the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2017, Ms. Campbell made a foray into local government when she was appointed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to serve as a Commissioner on the Veterans Affairs Commission.
“I am passionate about solving society’s most complicated issues and bridging divides,” stated Ms. Campbell. “After experiencing foreign cultures and working across broad networks, I want to serve my country from a different avenue. My interest in constitutional law and the recent trend toward a renewed federalism in the U.S. inspires me to help municipalities maximize their ability to serve the public.”
During law school, Ms. Campbell was a Tony Patiño Fellow and served as the Editor-in-Chief of Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. She organized and led a symposium on voting rights which featured as keynote speakers California Secretary of State Alex Padilla and Ann Ravel, former Chair of the Federal Election Commission. She externed for the Hon. Judge Garrett L. Wong at San Francisco Superior Court, the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, Code Enforcement section, and at the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment.
Ms. Campbell earned her Juris Doctor in 2018. She also holds a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science from Wayland Baptist University. She is also a distinguished graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey.
“Our firm has decades of collective experience in partnering with and strengthening local governments,” stated RPLG Founding Partner Louise Renne. “Kelsey’s expertise as a woman working at high levels in the military, and her strong interest in policy issues, allows local governments to tap into an entire world of shared wisdom that is rarely available to local governments. She also brings unique perspectives on the issues faced by women in management positions in traditionally male-dominated institutions.”
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