Chelsey Branham

Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 83

Chelsey will be the only openly LGBTQ member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives


Chelsey Branham is a community leader, nonprofit professional, and lifelong Oklahoman. Chelsey worked her way through college at the University of Oklahoma. She graduated with a Bachelor’s in Religious Studies and Psychology. She went on to earn her Master’s in International Economics and Development. Her area focus was Sub-Saharan Africa and she conducted primary research in Zambia, and was a two-time Boren Travel Fellow. Now Chelsey works at the Young Women’s Christian Association of Oklahoma City.

At YWCA OKC, Chelsey serves as Director of the Social and Economic Justice Department. She works closely with employers and community groups to create opportunities for sexual assault and domestic violence survivors. Chelsey is responsible for coordinating trainings related to job readiness and financial literacy. She also leads trainings for groups focused on ending racism and empowering women.

A committed leader, Chelsey works to promote inclusion, diversity, and economic development. She organized the Racial Justice and Economic Empowerment forums and the CommUNITY Alliance. Chelsey is also an Executive Stakeholder in the Police and Community Trust. This group works to improve relations between law enforcement and the community.

Chelsey is a Native Chickasaw and lives in Oklahoma City. She is a Sally’s List candidate, a nominee for the New Leaders Council Fellow, a member of Women Lead Network, the World Experiences Foundation, and the Black Chamber of Commerce.

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