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Pool Closures: YWCA Downtown pool will be closed Sept. 21 – 28 for annual maintenance. YWCA Uptown pool will close for an Otters swim meet at 12:45 pm on Saturday, September 25, and remain closed the rest of the day.

Kelley Winchester Nelson

Race Equity Consulting Manager


Kelley Winchester Nelson

Kelley Winchester Nelson is one of YWCA’s race equity consulting managers who has spent her career advocating for educational equity and developing cultural competency in a myriad of settings and diverse circumstances. Upon graduating Cum Laude from Colby College with a B.A. in sociology and a minor in women’s studies, Kelley spent seven years with The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston recruiting, preparing and supporting youth from communities impacted by racism as they applied to and matriculated from top independent schools in the area.

When her family relocated to the Twin Cities, Kelley joined The Blake School’s lead administrative team as the co-director of the Center for Diversity creating change from within at a prestigious independent school. It 2006, Kelley became a qualified Intercultural Development Inventory administrator. Kelley has since applied her knowledge and expertise in the development of cultural competency coupled with a deep understanding of white privilege, power and oppression.