Shelby was born in Lancaster and raised in Pasadena, CA. She studied economics and political science at the University of California, Merced. Following her studies she spent 4 weeks in Rome, Italy and 1 week in Accra, Ghana learning about social justice and race relations. Passionate about social justice, the move to ValorUS was a natural fit for her. In her free time, Shelby loves meeting new people, exercising and making videos with her stepdaughter Kaniya. She is also preparing for law school.