Chelsea Montes de Oca

Chelsea

Co-fellow

Chuma

Chuma Nyambe Maluma

Placement Country: Zambia
Title: Advocacy & Communications Officer, MACEPA
Partner: PATH
Healthy communities are thriving communities. Regardless of geographic location, economic status, gender, sexual orientation, race, or ethnicity, everyone should be given the opportunity to thrive - not only for themselves but for their communities.

Chelsea Montes de Oca grew up in a small town in Florida, USA, but has been a proud resident of Colorado, USA since 2012. She is passionate about storytelling as a tool to elevate marginalized groups and mobilize communities for social good. Chelsea spent two years teaching and mentoring students in a low-performing middle school as an AmeriCorps member with City Year where she saw her students unique perspective be devalued due to their age, race, economic status, and zip code. This experience inspired her to pursue a master’s degree in international and intercultural communication at the University of Denver, where she focused her studies on strategic communication for mission-driven organizations. After graduate school, she was able to apply what she learned while working for a Community Health Center serving the uninsured and underinsured in Denver. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys kickboxing, cooking, and photography.