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Chris Shelton, Director of Development for The Center

Chris Shelton has joined the LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada as its new Director of Development. He joins during an ambitious phase for The Center as it expands programmatic work to serve a younger demographic identifying as queer and positioning the Cooper Community Health Center to fill a growing need for a full range of medical care and support in downtown Las Vegas.

Shelton recently served as the Director of Operations & Fundraising at Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, one of the largest black-led organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. In this role, Shelton led the organization’s fund development program and successfully secured public and private funding through The Warriors Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, the City & County of San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Families, and various individual donors. Before working at Booker T. Washington Community Service Center, Shelton worked for FRH Consulting, a non-profit that provides wraparound community services. Shelton has 26 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, working for several prominent companies, including Novartis, Eli Lilly and Company, and Johnson & Johnson. This experience helped hone Chris’s relationship-building, storytelling, and communication skills.

Shelton has a B.A. from Ball State University, where he was a 4-year letterman for the Men’s Basketball team. He received his M.A. from the University of Tulsa while serving as a Graduate Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach.

Shelton was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, and after attending graduate school moved to Portland, Oregon, to work as the Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at the University of Portland. After ten years in the Pacific Northwest and 20 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, he has relocated to Las Vegas with his wife to be closer to family & friends. Chris has three daughters and two grandchildren and enjoys spending his leisure time traveling, watching sports, and visiting the Napa wine valley.

About The LGBTQ+ Community Center of Southern Nevada

For almost 30 years, The Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBTQIA+ individuals and those underserved in Nevada. We function as the heart and home of the LGBTQIA+ community by making connections, delivering programs, and providing a safe space for health and wellness, social services, arts and culture, advocacy, and community building. Ongoing Center programs support LGBTQIA+ youth, adults, families, seniors, vets, people with disabilities, those living with HIV, and underserved populations. Additionally, we are proud to offer the Center Advocacy Network, the first nationally accredited program of its kind, focusing on LGBTQIA+ issues for victim advocacy. For more information on how The Center empowers everyone to thrive in Nevada, please visit The LGBTQ Center of Southern Nevada.


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