Shelby Woods

Recruiter | Nonprofit

About Shelby Woods

As a member of the Nonprofit team at ThinkingAhead, Shelby is a search consultant who specializes in working with development and leadership roles throughout the nonprofit sector. Her national clients include environmental, conservation, human services and women’s organizations.

Shelby is originally from San Diego, CA and received her B.A. in Gender Studies from California State University Long Beach. Prior to joining ThinkingAhead, Shelby worked at American University in Washington D.C. where she managed all administrative affairs of the Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution Services department. During her time in D.C., her lifelong interest in fashion led to the creation of a side business providing personal styling services to women. Since relocating to Nashville she has started another side business involving furniture restoration. In her spare time she enjoys thrifting, interior decorating, personal styling, and serving on the advisory committee for Dismas House and the Horizons Program. 

  • Expertise
  • Civil Rights
  • Animal & Wildlife Conservation
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Health & Human Services
  • Social Enterprise
  • Youth Development
  • Skill Set
  • Executive Leadership
  • Senior Development
  • Development
  • Programs
  • Marketing & Communications
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  • Shelby is a star, the consummate professional. I had the pleasure of working with her as a candidate and I was so impressed with her. I've worked with many recruiting companies in my career and I understand that recruiters work for the client, not the candidates. However, it didn't feel that way with Shelby. I was well-briefed and well-prepared each step of the way. She answered all of my questions, made sure that I had the information I needed for interviews and followed up after each meeting to get my thoughts. She kept me informed about the process and addressed any concerns I had. Since the placement, she has kept in touch to make sure things are going well. I was so pleased with my experience that I have comfortably recommended other candidates and potential clients to her and ThinkingAhead. With Shelby, you are in good hands, whether you are the client or the candidate.

    - Teri Blandon, VP of External Relations
  • We retained the services of ThinkingAhead and were fortunate enough to have Shelby assigned to our search. Shelby took the time to understand our corporate culture and learn the qualities and skills we were looking for in the candidates. Shelby was incredibly professional, thoughtful and gave great insights as she led us through this process. As an added bonus she has a great personality and made our conference calls enjoyable and productive. We will most definitely use ThinkingAhead and request Shelby for our next search!

    - Michelle Kremer, COO Surfrider Foundation
  • Shelby has mastered the art of the win/win because she respects that, while the client pays the fee, a quality candidate has options. Matching the best opportunity for both parties is a process she manages with care. I have been recruited in the past by the top firms in the country and can say without hesitation that working with Shelby Woods was the best experience I have had as a candidate.

    - Helen Reid, Chief Program Officer, National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association