Shelby joined Verdis Group in June 2021. She uses her storytelling skills to amplify Verdis Group’s expertise and influence in sustainability projects across the country. She leads efforts to engage clients and communities in that work through social media and other creative channels, and also contributes writing, editing, and graphics in range of materials for current and prospective clients.
She developed a deep interest in environmental justice throughout her thesis research on public health in areas polluted by industrial contamination, and while covering federal energy policy from Capitol Hill. She previously worked for publications including USA Today, the Des Moines Register, Fast Company, and the Omaha World-Herald. She holds a Master’s Degree in social justice and investigative journalism from Northwestern University and a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Her Gallup Strengths are Learner, Empathy, Context, Relator, and Developer.