Kelsey Jacobsen

Kelsey Jacobsen


Synthesizing multifaceted ideas into focused, streamlined products is the work I enjoy most. For strategic planning, evaluations, and more, we gather information from many sources, including interviews, interactive meetings, and the web. The value we provide is to weave that information into a crisp, useable package to help move our clients forward, which ultimately benefits our oceans, coasts, and natural resources.

Kelsey Jacobsen is a director and project manager at Blue Earth Consultants, a Division of ERG. With expertise in federal natural resources policy, sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, and spatial planning for advancing ecological and socioeconomic goals, she has more than seven years of wide-ranging experience in science, policy, and natural resource management focused on marine resources, coastal conservation, climate change, and ecosystems. Her work includes developing programmatic strategies, identifying best practices, and strengthening governance structures that ultimately lead to positive environmental and social impact.

Kelsey has managed many Blue Earth projects for local to international nonprofits, California state government agencies, private philanthropic foundations, universities, and more. For example, she worked with California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife to revise the state’s Master Plan for Marine Protected Areas. For a nonprofit conservation organization, she led a project to develop recommendations for improving the management and sustainability of The Bahamas’ conch fishery.

Kelsey holds a Master of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a B.A. in environmental studies from Connecticut College. Kelsey is an artist, with a growing collection of meticulous, miniature drawings of her favorite sea creatures. Given the chance, she will jump in the water for a scuba dive—or a swim at the local pool.