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Shelley O'Donnell

Shelley joined GBA in September 2023. Prior to working at GBA, she was Associate Director of Projects at Westside Family Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center in Culver City, CA. There, the alphabet was her life: HRSA, BPHC, BPR, FTCA, OSV, NCQA, PCMH, SAC, CIS, NAP, ARRA, and the list goes on. Her interest in A-Z comes honestly, having spent the first 21 years of her professional career as a reporter, then editor at five daily newspapers. At her fifth and final newspaper—The Los Angeles Times—among her management duties was overseeing the Health and Philanthropy sections. She was also proud to be an editor on the Times teams that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Spot News (Los Angeles Riots in 1992 and Northridge Earthquake in 1994). In 1999, she left the newsroom to become executive director of the Times Mirror Foundation, which funded five Southern California counties and more than 10 metro areas where TM did business. It was during hundreds of site visits with prospective grantees that Shelley found a passion and appreciation for the work done by nonprofit organizations. She was hooked and in 2005 she left TMF to work in community health as a grant writer.


Shelley retired in June 2023 for three months before joining GBA who she had worked with periodically over the years. She greatly admired GBA for its genuine commitment to The Cause. Her expertise in journalism, the federal health funding system, underserved communities and now rural health (she lives in northern New England) are a plus when working with GBAers and clients. She has a BA in Sociology from The City College of New York. 

In her spare time, she works on lowering her cholesterol, loves crossword puzzles and freely admits to being a longtime Barry Fanilow.


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