Shelly Lucas Director, Institutional Giving

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Inspiration: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” — Maya Angelou

What working in this community means to me: “I feel blessed to be part of such a generous and caring community, and truly believe that if we all work together, we can help make our community even better for everyone.”

Shelly has been with Greater Twin Cities United Way since 2018, where she leads fundraising from foundation and government institutions. Through a close partnership with community impact, Shelly aligns donor interest with innovative solutions to address community needs. 

Prior to joining United Way, Shelly spent several years in corporate philanthropy serving in a variety of grantmaking and community relations roles for Target, UnitedHealth Group, and St. Jude Medical (now Abbott.) Shelly received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Iowa and has a master’s degree in public health from the University of Minnesota.

Shelly has served on the board of directors for Angel Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides support to adults with cancer, and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health alumni society board. She lives in Apple Valley with her husband, Matt, and baby girl, Madison. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, exercising, spending time with friends and family, reading, attending local cultural and sporting events, and trying new restaurants.

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