Shelley A. Davis
Forest Preserve Foundation
Shelley is an entrepreneurial leader who is committed to moving resources (social capital and financial) to benefit communities. With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, ranging from direct service to advocacy and philanthropy, Shelley joined the Forest Preserve Foundation in 2013 as its first executive director. She is a lecturer and senior mentor at University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, focusing on nonprofit and philanthropic organizations’ impact on public policy impact.
As a civic volunteer, Shelley serves as the Board Chair of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund, is a Commissioner for the Illinois Commission on Juvenile Justice, and is a Trustee 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 2018 and 2019, Make It Better recognized Shelley as one of Chicago’s Top Black Women of Impact.
Recently, Shelley has become a storytelling performer, because she believes that storytelling is a way to transmit humor, love, and insight. In addition to her career, Shelley is a full-time wife, mother, in-law, cousin, niece, daughter, and friend.