Integrated Design Program


Shelley Danner

Adjunct Faculty

Co-Founder and Director of Challenge Detroit with experience in the start-up community, leadership, innovation and urban revitalization.

Shelley Danner is Program Director of Challenge Detroit. She has a multi-disciplinary background that combines business consulting experience with a passion for impact and innovation that pivoted her career into the social entrepreneurship / nonprofit sector. In 2012 Shelley helped launch Challenge Detroit, a nonprofit organization that focuses on leadership, social impact and revitalization in Detroit. By designing and running an innovative fellowship program model, and through fostering an ecosystem of cross-sector partnerships, she has co-designed and led over 50 community impact projects using a collaborative, human-centered design approach and developed nearly 200 next-generation leaders in the city. Shelley is part of other initiatives in her city in addition to Challenge Detroit. She is an adjunct faculty in the MFA Integrated Design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. She is part of the strategic advisory committee for the Detroit Women’s Leadership Network, which focuses on inclusion and diversity in supporting women leaders.

Shelley is also a facilitator and coach, and has given workshops and talks at institutions nationally and locally including American University, University of San Diego, Wayne State University, University of Michigan, the Detroit Institute of Arts and Cranbrook.

Shelley was invited to attend President Obama’s inaugural South by South Lawn for changemakers at the White House in October 2016 and is a Salzburg Global Seminar Young Cultural Innovator as well as an IDEO U Impact House Fellow and Aspen Institute PSI AMEX Nonprofit Leadership Fellow.

A former management consultant with Accenture, Shelley holds a leadership coaching graduate certificate through the Institute of Transformational Leadership at Georgetown University as well as a Bachelors of Science degree in business from Miami University. Shelley is passionate about people, design thinking and strategy, education and leadership, sustainable cities, the arts, and travel.

Cum Laude graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio in B.S. Business Administration, Shelley received a Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.