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Shelley Kennedy

Major Donor Organizer

Hill
At the time I was coming to terms with my queer sexuality as a teen, Matthew Sheppard was tortured and murdered for being gay. I was deeply affected by his story and thought I might never be able to come out, as I feared for my safety. However, I had friends who took me to Pride Parades and protests for LGBTQ civil rights and I learned from organizers what it meant to live courageously with my whole self and not just be out, but also stand up for others and advocate for more equitable laws. I’m committed to social justice because we all deserve the opportunity to live our best life and thrive without violence and oppression.

Shelley brings over 8 years of collective sales and fundraising experience to her role as Major Donor Organizer at Liberty Hill. As an Insurance Broker, Shelley worked with families and seniors to provide protection through life, disability, and Medicare products, while creating partnerships with local pharmacies, senior centers, and organizations, to offer educational and advisory services to community members.

She most recently worked as the Major Gifts Officer at Equality California, which advocates for LGBTQ civil rights. She spearheaded the annual capital campaign at Metropolitan Community Church of San Francisco (a home for queer spirituality), and handled donor communications for the Jewish Community Relations Council’s special project to end anti-Semitism in textbooks. Over the years, Shelley has also produced concerts to benefit various non-profits. Shelley’s curiosity for knowledge makes her a lifelong student of the world and she has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Mills College.