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Shelley holds a degree in economics from Duke University, where she spent time at the Duke Marine Lab, and an MBA from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. Her varied experience includes working with lemurs at the Duke Primate Center, regulating water and wastewater utilities for the Florida Public Service Commission, advocating for the protection of the Florida coast and outer continental shelf in Governor Lawton Chiles’ Environmental Policy Unit, and facilitating technology transfer at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. She has been with Upstate Forever since 2007 and has lived in Spartanburg since 1998. She covers energy, transportation, and solid waste and recycling issues.