Executive Assistant and Governance Coordinator

Shelley Brinkley is the Governance Coordinator and Executive Assistant to the CDO at the Conservancy, embarking on this fulfilling journey in January 2022. A proud graduate of Wayne State University with a major in art history and a minor in art, Shelley's passion for creativity has been a constant throughout her life.

After spending six rewarding years as a stay-at-home mother, Shelley decided to reenter the workforce. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Shelley contributed her skills and dedication to Oakland University, where she served as the Administrative Coordinator for the School of Nursing for five years. Before that, she was an Administrative Assistant at Wayne State University Perinatology Research Branch for nearly two years.

Nestled in West Bloomfield with her husband and daughter, Shelley finds delight in her leisure time, engaging in crafting, crocheting, sewing, and immersing herself in the world of books. Art has been a lifelong love for Shelley, nurtured from her early years attending gallery openings for African American artists like Benny Andrews. Regular visits to renowned museums, including the DIA, the Smithsonian, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Art Institute in Chicago, have further fueled her deep appreciation for creativity. Shelley's all-time favorite artists, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Vincent van Gogh, reflect her profound connection to the rich world of art.