Keltie’s awakening to the abusive power of corporations occurred on a cross-continental trip she took in college, where she interviewed women working as street vendors in Argentina, Senegal, and Vietnam. Through those conversations, she learned that many of the women had been forced into working for the informal sector—which subjected them to erratic pay and no benefits— because of the fall-out from the World Bank’s decision to hand over the control of community utilities and water systems to private corporations.
“If the World Bank didn’t force government leaders in the Global South into partnerships with private companies as a condition of their countries’ loans, then these women might have access to more stable jobs that allow them to support their families,” she said.
That’s why Keltie, who interned at Corporate Accountability before joining the Campaigns team, felt drawn to the organization’s global approach, and the ways that it challenges not only giant, transnational corporations, but also the vast networks of governments and institutions that so often do their bidding.
As deputy campaigns director, she supports her team members in planning and implementing campaigns, from organizing direct actions at Philip Morris International’s shareholders’ meeting to overseeing the production of reports that expose the fossil fuel industry’s PR schemes. She also is the co-leader of the grant-making program, which has raised and redistributed hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund Corporate Accountability’s strategic campaign partners across the Global South.
Prior to her role at Corporate Accountability, Keltie served as the assistant to the executive director at Cradles to Crayons, a non-profit organization that provides school supplies, clothing, and other essentials to low-income and housing-insecure children across Greater Boston. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Colby College in government and global studies.
When not campaigning, Keltie can be found hiking, playing tennis, or traveling. She’s currently working toward her goal of visiting all 50 U.S. states, and is well beyond the halfway mark.