As the Director of Development & Leadership Annual Gifts, Shelley leads all fundraising efforts for Tulane Hillel. She is responsible for planning and executing the annual fundraising campaign for Tulane Hillel’s radically inclusive, diverse and action-oriented community that serves as a training ground for emerging young adult leaders. She is excited to be a part of the Tulane Hillel team and to be working for such a meaningful, innovative and impactful organization.
Before calling New Orleans home, Shelley lived in Jackson, WY and worked for the Jackson Hole Film Festival. She returned home to Richmond, VA in 2008 to launch Zaydie’s Granola as a founding partner and the Chief Granola Taster.
In 2010, Shelley followed her heart and relocated to her adopted city of New Orleans. Unbeknownst to her, her career in fundraising was launched when she joined Sabiston Consultants, a public affairs and political consulting firm. During her tenure at Sabiston Consultants, she specialized in political fundraising and special projects while working closely with a broad client base that included Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, The National Guard Youth Challenge and the New Orleans Children’s Book Festival.
Most recently, Shelley worked in development for the Make It Right Foundation. Here, she worked closely with a small team to help rebuild New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward. She specialized in donor relations and cultivation, as well as the production of major special events. Her efforts resulted in the organization successfully raising over $10 million since 2014.
Shelley is a graduate of the University of Georgia; and in her free time she enjoys strolling City Park with her puppy Gertrude, checking out new restaurants, listening to NPR and enjoying life in the Crescent City.