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Alameda County, CA March 2, 2004 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Melanie M. Shelby

Candidate for
Council Member At Large; City of Oakland

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Melanie Shelby has extensive work experience in community relations and a history of working effectively with government agencies, local organizations, and residents.

Melanie's work and community experience also includes:

  • Manager of Campaign Operations, California State Assembly, Ninth District
  • Contributions department for PG&E, involving $10 million charitable giving program.
  • Director of Major Gifts for the United Way of Sacramento
  • Public Affairs Manager for PG&E in Contra Costa County.
  • Commissioner, Oakland Housing Authority
  • Board of Directors, Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA)
  • Member, Educational Cabinet, United Way of the Bay Area
  • Health and Human Service Commissioner, City of Oakland
  • Leadership Oakland Graduate from the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.

Melanie holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). At UCLA, her activist spirit accelerated through leadership positions in student government, campus ambassador programs, and the African Student Union. Upon graduation, she received the Chancellor's Service Award. Melanie remained active at UCLA in her first full time job -- recruiting African American, Latino and Native American students from community colleges.

In 1997, Melanie became the first African American and then youngest person to be appointed to the Planning Commission for the newly incorporated City of Citrus Heights. She worked with fellow commissioners and the city council to shape the general plan and provide direction for redevelopment activities.

Born and raised in nearby Citrus Heights, California, Melanie in her early days worked to integrate the regional Sacramento theater scene, volunteered time for nonprofit organizations, and served on local political campaigns. These are the experiences which inspired her to pursue a career in public service.

Melanie is also a member of First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Oakland. And at the ripe age of 31 years old, Melanie M. Shelby is just getting started!

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