Shelley A. Davis
With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Shelley joined the Forest Preserve Foundation in 2013 as its first executive director. Previously, she was vice president of programs and advocacy for Chicago Foundation for Women and national adviser to the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment. Shelley is a lecturer and senior mentor at The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and serves on the Illinois Commission on Juvenile Justice. She chairs the Board of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund.
Shelley is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lawrence University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She holds a master’s in urban planning and policy from University of Illinois at Chicago.
In 2017, UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs honored Shelley with the Jim Marek Alumni Appreciation Award, which recognizes individuals for their dedication to the fields of urban planning and public administration and their contributions to the development of the college's students and alumni. Make It Better recognized Shelley as one of Chicago's Top Black Women of Impact.
Shelley was inspired to join the Forest Preserve Foundation because she believes access to nature is important for all children and families. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors and learning more about birds and plants with her two children.