Dr. Shelley Strickland is the Vice President for Philanthropy at the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF), where she oversees all aspects of development and communications. Under her tenure, the foundation has enjoyed sustained record asset growth and exponentially enhanced community engagement. Shelley has more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, as both a practitioner in development and communications as well as a philanthropy educator and scholar, with numerous national publications and presentations and teaching experience at both two- and four-year
institutions. She earned her PhD in higher education from the University of Michigan, where she created the curriculum for and taught the academic course component of U-M’s Development Summer Internship Program (D-SIP), an award-winning program designed to expose undergraduates to fundraising and philanthropy. Although Shelley expected to return immediately to higher education administration after her doctorate, she embraced an opportunity to serve the Ann Arbor community at AAACF. Currently, she exercises her life
mission as an educator to teach, train, and spread the message to professional advisors, nonprofit board members, volunteers, and philanthropy professionals about the joy of giving. Shelley is passionate about AAACF’s groundbreaking scholarship program, as it merges her background in higher education with local community impact. She also holds an MA from the University of VA, and a BA from Western Michigan University.
- Vice President, Philanthropy
- Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation
- Ann Arbor