Chelsi Henry Bennett is an attorney, sought after political commentator, business woman, and Founder & CEO of The CHB Group. She began her career working for a global company with offices in over 70 countries. During her tenure, she created and published global newsletters, built internal SharePoint websites, managed diversity committees globally, and planned and executed events in India, Israel, North America, and the United Kingdom. From Information Technology to Human Resources, she built a portfolio that showcases her ability to strategize, collaborate across cultures, and execute global plans.
She was elected in 2010 as the Commissioner/Supervisor of Soil and Water Conservation District Group 5 in Jacksonville, Florida. She served for 3 years, where she petitioned and advocated on behalf of her community. Henry ran and was elected on a platform of bringing corporate, executive experience to her passion for natural resource conservation. She was the youngest elected female in Jacksonville’s history.
While serving her community an elected official, Chelsi completed her law degree at Florida Coastal School of Law and was a campus missionary at a local HBCU. She also served as VP of Communications, Board Member for GlobalJax -- hosting international delegations and leading the organization's rebranding campaign and gala.
After serving as an elected official, she was appointed by a Florida Cabinet member (statewide elected) to serve as a Senior Policy Advisor in Florida's Capitol. Her portfolio included environmental, military, and veterans affairs. She led the national launch of Operation Dispatch, a statewide initiative that provides military trained firefighters credit when applying to become Florida certified firefighters. Chelsi also served as Senior Advisor for Turkey Point 6 and 7, which sought approval for two nuclear plants and two transmission lines in South Florida. She interacted and managed communications with constituents, lobbyists, government agencies, and a dozen opposing parties.
While in Tallahassee, Chelsi provided pro-bono legal counsel and assistance to low-income families in need. Her cases provided her experience in wills and estates, guardianship, and contractual disputes.
Chelsi has been described as a "dynamic, motivating" speaker. She has spoken to many groups across the nation, where she shares her faith, background, and values and provides strategies to assist groups with inclusion of youth, women, and minorities.
In 2015, Chelsi became a contributor to TheRoot.com and is a founding member of 2020 Leaders of America, a bipartisan organization focused on criminal justice reform. In 2014, Chelsi was recognized by CNN as one of ten “Up-and-Comers to Watch.” Chelsi also writes for Ebony magazine and has appeared on CNN, FOX, MTV, CBN, BBC, MSNBC, TV One, Newsmax, and numerous local stations.
Chelsi has been highlighted via National Journal, National Review, Tampa Bay Times, Essence Magazine, The Blaze, and countless other publications. Chelsi was also profiled in the October 2012 issue of Seventeen magazine as an “Electionista” to promote the importance of young women voting and in the November issue of Glamour.
Chelsi has a heart for young adults and often shares the victories and obstacles of her life as encouragement and motivation. The combination of Chelsi’s political activism, business acumen, community service, and legal knowledge will prove to be vital as she continues advocating and educating others on the conservative, faith-based values and principles she believes in and lives by. She launched AlwaysPraying.com as an avenue to promote prayer and motivate young adults to seek spiritual guidance.
Chelsi is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She is a 2013 graduate of Florida Coastal School of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2014. She graduated in 2009 from the University of North Florida with a B.B.A. in Business Management and a minor in Mass Communication.
Chelsi is the proud wife of her favorite pastor, Jonathan. They reside in Richmond, Virginia, and recently launched their young adult ministry, The Return RVA.