After spending more than 20 years as a consultant in the emerging fields of multi-tenant nonprofit centers and community collaboration, Shelley Hamilton joined MARINSPACE in 2003 as its first Executive Director.

In addition to leading and managing MARINSPACE, Shelley has facilitated strategic and business planning, organizational development, program design, and Nonprofit Center development projects for the Thoreau Center for Sustainability, Fort Mason Center, the Marin Community Foundation, The Agricultural Institute of Marin, Whistelstop, the Marin Aging Action Initiative, the United Way and others. Shelley consults and presents across the country on shared workspace and collaboration. She is a founding board member of the Nonprofit Centers Network and a member of Fairfax’s Planning Commission.

Prior to joining MARINSPACE in 2003, Shelley was founder and principle of NetCentric Designs, a business strategy and organizational design firm focused on the global impact of emerging technologies and the growth of entrepreneurship. She has also been an affiliate researcher with the Institute for the Future and a Regional Director for the Experiment in International Living.

Shelley graduated with highest honors from the Fielding Institute’s Masters in Organizational Design & Effectiveness program, holds a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a minor in Biology from UC Santa Cruz, and has professional training in graphic recording/facilitation and on-line group communication systems.

When not focused on inspiring and supporting collective impact you’ll find her hiking/running the trails behind her house in Fairfax or on the sidelines of a Drake soccer game. Ask her which of her family members won an Ariel Award for Best Actor in Mexico, if she knows of a good web-crawler link extracting app, and where to find the best gluten free pizza.

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