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Shelley Arakawa, J.D.

Shelley Arakawa is an executive search consultant with Witt/Kieffer's Education Practice. Based in Pasadena, California, Shelley applies her wide-ranging experience in academia to supporting leadership searches for college and university presidents, provosts and deans, and vice presidents, among others. Shelley is a dedicated advocate and change agent with a passion for strengthening access and excellence in education.

Shelley joined Witt/Kieffer after nearly 20 years in education, most recently serving as the Director of Regional and Campaign Giving with the Punahou School, one of the largest single-campus K-12 independent schools in the nation. In this role, she managed relationships with alumni and donors to increase engagement and participation in key initiatives. She helped build the infrastructure and develop tactics for volunteer involvement and support of the fundraising processes for the school.

Prior to this, Shelley held senior roles with the College Board, leading the higher education team in forging innovative and collaborative partnerships with about 350 colleges and universities. Among her many accomplishments with the College Board, Shelley launched the organization's first Native American Student Advocacy Initiative and directed the Summer Institute on College Admissions and School Relations and the Enrollment Leadership Academy. Shelley has additional non-profit experience with the Foundation for a College Education, and held admission roles with Stanford University and Dartmouth College.

Shelley is an accomplished speaker and has presented on diversity and inclusion in relation to college admission. She is the inaugural Board Chair of Words2Action, a nonprofit that produces TEDxPasadena and strives to achieve parity for those with muted voices by transforming intention into tangible action. She was a board member of College Horizons, a group facilitating the pursuit of higher education for Native American students, and an associate member of the Association for Black Admissions and Financial Aid Officers of the Ivy League and Sister Schools.

J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA
A.B., History, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Shelley Arakawa, J.D.
Pasadena, CA
Phone: 626-225-2296
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