Shelley Ratay is a social sector consultant with extensive nonprofit management experience and domain expertise in land conservation, affordable housing development and green building. She is currently creating a series of case studies on transformational leadership and systems thinking for the new Leadership for Sustainability program at Stanford University. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Shelley served as executive director of Sempervirens Fund, the oldest land trust in California, where she led the organization’s efforts to protect the magnificent redwood forests between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean and create opportunities for people to enjoy them. She has led strategy development and managed complex projects for Beartooth Capital Partners, The Trust for Public Land and Conservation International. She also served as project director at First Community Housing in San Jose, where she oversaw the design, construction and financing of more than 450 affordable apartments for low-income families, including four buildings that earned LEED Gold or Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Shelley holds a BA from Brown University and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children and enjoys camping, hiking, cycling, yoga and coaching youth sports.