City of Indianapolis
Food Policy & Program Coordinator
200 East Washington Street, Indiana
Shellye was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Shellye attended the University of Southern California as an undergraduate student and completed a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies Biology. After graduation, Shellye joined the Peace Corps as a sustainable agriculture and livestock volunteer in Santa María Visitación, Sololá, Guatemala working in conjunction with Children’s Fund. Following Peace Corps service, Shellye received her masters and doctoral degrees in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University. After graduating from Purdue, Shellye joined the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) as an agricultural economist in the Rural and Resource Economics Division. At ERS, her research focused on food and agricultural policy pertaining to local food systems, energy, and climate change. Upon returning to Indiana Shellye felt it was important to become involved in food security beyond academic research and joined the City’s Office of Public Health and Safety as Food Policy and Program Coordinator.