New York Deputy Director
Kelsey Pirnak is the New York State Deputy Director for the Fines and Fees Justice Center. Kelsey works closely with a wide range of organizations to collaboratively garner support for local and state campaigns. They are working with a diverse group of stakeholders, elected officials and community members to reduce the impact of fines and fees in New York.
Kelsey has previously worked as a community organizer in both local initiatives and statewide campaigns to advance criminal justice reform. During this time, they organized community groups and leaders to transform the political and social landscape of Long Island and across New York, helping to pass a multitude of legislation. They also provided direct service work to women who were both currently and formerly incarcerated, assisting with advocacy as well as reentry services. In addition, they created practices utilizing case mitigation to work towards significantly reducing sentencing.
Kelsey is dedicated to social reform, utilizing an intersectional frame while working directly within their community to improve systematic issues. They also volunteer with organizations surrounding voter engagement, reproductive rights and criminal justice reform groups.
Kelsey has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Stonybrook University specializing in Community, Policy and Political Social Action and a Bachelor’s Degree in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University at Albany.