Shelby BestMidwest Program Manager
Shelby manages several AFT programs across the Midwest region. Before joining AFT, Shelby was the Sustainability & Resiliency Coordinator at Region 1 Planning Council, where she led sustainability planning work for local governments across the Northern Illinois region. Examples of projects she led there include a regional greenways plan and update, a solid waste management plan, and a climate action plan for a local public transit agency. Prior to that, Shelby worked for several conservation organizations, frequently meeting with landowners to assist in conserving and protecting their land. Shelby has a multi-disciplinary background in conservation, communications, research, planning, policy, and economics. Shelby holds a BSc in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.