Global Innovation Policy Associate, U.S. Department of State
Shelley is a global innovation policy associate at Amazon where she focuses on external engagements abroad with policymakers and industry stakeholders. Previously, she served as a member of Hillary Clinton’s State Department team during her presidential campaign, focusing on research and rapid response efforts. Shelley has extensive experience on Capitol Hill, covering the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees for three years with AIPAC. Originally from Miami Beach, her involvement with politics and pro-Israel activism began in college at the University of Florida. During her freshman year, while speaking at an event for UF Hillel, she met Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a fellow Gator, and was inspired by her commitment to public service. She flew up to Washington, D.C. a few weeks later to intern for the congresswoman and was hooked. She spent the next few summers in Washington interning at NBC News, with the Presidential Personnel National Security team at the White House, and working on Jewish outreach for President Obama. Shelley graduated cum laude from UF with degrees in political science and public relations and minors in Judaic studies and public leadership. Additionally, she studied abroad with Semester at Sea, circumnavigating the globe in about 100 days. Prior to college, Shelley spent a gap year in Israel with Young Judaea Year Course. She is an active member of D.C.’s young professional community, serving on the boards of the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish Women International.