Meet Chelsea Beecher, New Jersey Development Director

Hi, my name is Chelsea Beecher and I’m excited to join the Susan G. Komen team as the Development Director for New Jersey working alongside Suzanne Corson, Gina Vinch, and Donna Soos! I can’t wait to meet you and would love to connect with you via LinkedIn in the meantime.

Where are you from originally? Where do you live now?

I’ve come full circle. I was born in the Meadowlands Hospital in Secaucus, NJ, then grew up down the shore in Sea Girt, and found myself back in Secaucus across the street from the hospital I was born in!

How did that happen?

My grandfather graduated from Seton Hall University in the 1930s. I followed in his footsteps, becoming a Pirate myself, with the dream to work in New York City. I started interning at the American Heart Association in NYC to complete my Master of Public Administration & Nonprofit Management degree and ended up staying up north for an easier commute.

Tell me more about that.

I was hired out of my internship and continued to grow my nonprofit career at the American Heart Association in midtown Manhattan for over 5 years on the Go Red for Women movement and other campaigns, and then moved downtown with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society before the pandemic brought me back home.

Why Susan G. Komen New Jersey?

It’s about time I give my own state some love! My Aunt Annette is a breast cancer survivor, so I dedicate my work to her and all others who have been affected by breast cancer. I hope the impact I make will allow people to create more happy memories and time with their loved ones.

And, what do you like to do outside of Komen?

When I’m not working to cure breast cancer, you might find me either training Muay Thai (the martial art of Thailand) at 8 Venoms in Teaneck, NJ or possibly even underwater somewhere. I am a NAUI Scuba Instructor with my dive team, Scuba Connection in Bergenfield, NJ, but we dive out of Dutch Springs, PA and Key Largo, FL. I’ve also gone diving in Puerto Rico, Mexico’s Cenotes, and Disney’s Epcot Aquarium, and hope to adventure to many more places when quarantine is finally over!

How can we reach you?

Email me: CBeecher@komen.org

Say hello: 973-536-1251