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Shelli is a Senior Associate at Innovation Network and Public Health Researcher and Evaluator who centers culturally relevant, equitable, and principles-focused approaches in her work. She has experience working with nonprofits, including social service agencies and libraries to facilitate data-driven decision-making on organizational and community levels.

Before joining Innovation Network, Shelli worked with Richland Library, a large metropolitan library system in Columbia, SC.  There she served as a Program Evaluator, and her work was focused on policy evaluations to facilitate more equitable customer and staff experiences on a systemic level.

She has designed and conducted several evaluations including an empowerment evaluation of the Do-Good Columbia event, a large-scale, cooperative community empowerment seminar that brought community leaders and those experiencing homelessness together to ideate on strategies to improve housing insecurity and homelessness in Richland County. She additionally facilitated organizational evaluation capacity-building efforts through the creation, training, and management of an Evaluation Team of staff members.

Shelli received her Master of Public Health (MPH) from the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She is currently finishing her Master of Science (MS) in Measurement and Evaluation from American University in Washington, DC; she currently maintains a 4.0 GPA and is on track to graduate this summer. In her free time, Shelli loves reading and playing video games with her 16-year-old son, Brian, and her 6-year-old daughter, Rianne. She also enjoys traveling and singing loudly with her husband, Josh.