Shelbi Flynn serves as an Innovation Manager for the City of New Orleans in the Chief Administrative Office where she designs citywide transformation projects to optimize internal operations and create a more livable city. Previously, she worked to advance the City's criminal justice policy priorities as a Senior Project Manager in the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice Coordination. In this role, she led the City's participation in the Safety and Justice Challenge, the MacArthur Foundation's initiative to safely reduce jail populations.
Shelbi also spent several years working in the public health sector, completing fellowships in the U.S. and abroad. As a Global Health Corps fellow in Malawi, Shelbi managed monitoring and evaluation for national health programs and worked to build staff capacity in rural hospitals and clinics. As a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention fellow at the New Orleans Health Department, she led initiatives in the Department's chronic disease, behavioral health, and healthcare access divisions. She was honored by the Obama administration for her efforts to ensure that New Orleanians had access to quality, affordable healthcare.
Shelbi is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received a B.A. in Anthropology and Global Studies. Shelbi enjoys running along the bayou, experimenting with food fermentation, and dancing in parades as a member of The Organ Grinders dance troupe.