A dedicated advocate and change agent, Shelley Arakawa’s work in both K-12 and college/university settings are evidence of her passion to promote efforts that strengthen access and excellence in education. Currently the Director of Regional and Campaign Giving for her alma mater, Punahou School, a K-12 independent school in Honolulu, HI., Shelley cultivates the next generation of the school’s leadership donors and creates new ways for mainland alumni to engage with and contribute to the school. Previously, Shelley was the Senior Director for Higher Education in the College Board’s Western Regional Office, where she developed and implemented solutions to support enrollment strategies for colleges and universities. She also established the Native American Student Advocacy Initiative and directed the Summer Institute on College Admissions and School Relations as well the Enrollment Leadership Academy. Prior to the College Board, Shelley managed the individual fundraising operations, college counseling program, and college retention efforts for Foundation for a College Education. She is the Board Chair for Words2Action, a new nonprofit organization that serves at the fiscal agent of TEDxPasadena, and whose mission is to help girls ages 13-18 transform words into tangible action. Shelley received a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College, and a JD from the University of California Hastings College of the Law.