Bateman Joins IASB to Lead Governmental Relations

  • Date Posted
    April 10, 2021
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A nonprofit executive with 20-plus years of nonprofit and government relations experience, Shelly Bateman has joined the Illinois Association of School Boards as Associate Executive Director for Governmental Relations.
In this role, Bateman will lead the GR team in developing, implementing, and advancing the Association’s government affairs and public policy agenda. She is recognized for developing and implementing effective offensive and defensive strategies for government affairs, negotiating complex legislative provisions that advance the organization's interests, and providing practical solutions and strategies. With a strong history of achievement in leading grassroots and grasstops advocacy and coalition-building, Bateman understands the complexities of state government and the ever-increasing maze of legislative and regulatory challenges.
"Over the past year, organizational leaders and policymakers have been forced to navigate through a syndemic -- a public health crisis, economic crisis, and social justice crisis never before experienced in our lifetime,” says Bateman. “It has taught us all we must be nimble and adaptable.  I am thrilled to bring my expertise, skills, and background to IASB and further enhance the work of our team."
Bateman joins IASB from the March of Dimes where served from 2011 to 2021 in various roles at the state, regional, and national levels, most recently as the Senior Director for State Government Affairs. At March of Dimes, she aided in advancing maternal and child health legislation, accumulating legislative “wins” that are innovative and amongst the first of their kind in the country. Before that, Bateman managed a leadership development program and served on the policy team for the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (now referred to as the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health). Bateman's early career focused on advocating for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention issues.
Bateman received her bachelor of social work degree from Western Illinois University in 2001 and is currently enrolled in the Louisiana State University MBA program in Shreveport. Bateman serves on the Tri-Sigma Foundation Board of Directors.