Councilmember Kaplan

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Council Member KaplanSince becoming a member of the Cathedral City community, Shelley has participated in City Council meetings, and has represented the City on the Vector Control Board and as a member of the Planning Commission. He is also a member of the evening Rotary organization and a Board members and the Treasurer of the Agnes Pelton Society, which recognizes both the artistic history and on-going art presence in the city and provides art experiences and education for children. He wants the city to continue to be more family friendly, with expanded events and activities both for city residents and visitors. He wants to help revitalize the city both in the downtown area, and on the North corridor of the City which will provide a presence for the city on Interstate 10, and he wants to make sure the city has a stable and firm financial base upon which to grow, which includes supporting and expanding our present retail and commercial services, increasing light industrial development and expanding job opportunities.

Shelley is a strong proponent of education having invested 45 years in his career as a higher education administrator at select private institutions including Boston University, Brandeis University and Babson College. He is presently consulting for non-profit organizations under his company name of Strategic Consulting.

Originally from Rochester, New York, his undergraduate college years at the University of Rochster focused his career goals on the importance of education both in and outside the classroom, helping an individual learn how to learn – to listen, to analyze, to think, to write and to speak hence his decision to commit to a career in higher education.

Starting on the student personnel side of higher education as a Director of Residence Halls, he quickly moved in to broader administrative responsibilities including: Budget Director; Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration and finally Vice President for Administration, a position he held for almost 14 years. During those years, he was responsible for nearly all of the non-academic operations of the University (Dining, Catering, Campus Police and Public Safety, Facilities Management and Operations, Telecommunications, Purchasing, Events Management, Mail Services and Copying, etc) including Campus Planning, and all major construction and renovation projects.

His experience at Babson College, ranked the #1 entrepreneurial business college in the country, gave him a great deal of insight into what it takes to start a new business and how to support the creativity and efforts of those with ideas for new ventures. As the campus sustainability officer he focused the institution on sustainability and succeeded in reducing it’s carbon footprint by over 40% in just 6 years.

His multidimensional experience coupled with his commitment to strategic planning and team collaboration has lead to his success in project planning, implementation and management. He has demonstrated a unique ability to facilitate the collective efforts of various departments throughout the building process.

Shelley has been a member of various professional organizations including: the Society of College and University Planning (SCUP), the International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA), The Association of Higher Education Facilities Administrators (APPA), The Green Building Council (GBC), The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), The Boston Consortium (TBC), The Building Owners Managers Association (BOMA), The Boston Society of Architects (BSA), the Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium. In addition, Shelley joined the Board of Directors of Rogerson Communities, a non-profit organization founded in 1864 dedicated to providing housing for low and moderate-income elderly. The organization provides housing and adult-day care facilities for over 1,500 individuals in 15 facilities. During his 14 year tenure on the Board, Shelley was Treasurer for six years and Chair of the Board for two years.

Shelley had been vacationing in the valley for over a decade and purchased his first home in Cathedral City in 2008. Since he retired from his career work in higher education administration he has lived full time in the Cathedral City Cove.

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