Shelan Aldridge

Shelan Aldridge

Greater Seattle Sector Skills Academy, Class of 2016, Economic Opportunities Program

Associate Director of Self-Sufficiency Services, Neighborhood House, Seattle, Washington

Shelan Aldridge is the Associate Director of Self-Sufficiency Services at Neighborhood House, a large multi-service non-profit agency which was established in 1906. Neighborhood House provides programs to immigrants, refugees and low-income families so they can attain the skills and resources needed to achieve self-sufficiency.

Shelan begin her career in non-profit work in 2007, when she was hired by Neighborhood House to teach job readiness skills to at-risk youth and newly arrived refugees. Since then, she has advanced through several roles at Neighborhood House. Over the last decade, she has managed over a dozen workforce grants, working collaboratively with a number of local colleges and training providers to implement innovative and responsive programs.

In her current role, Shelan provides high-level oversight to the Self-Sufficiency division, which totals $4 million in revenue and includes all of the Housing Stability and Employment programs.

Shelan received her Bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University. She studied abroad at the University of Guadalajara and is fluent in Spanish.

Shelan Aldridge is a member of the Greater Seattle Sector Skills Academy Class of 2016, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at