Shelly Doucet (GMLC Class of 2015) has been working with UMKC since 2016, working with the School of Education, KCUR, and in Planned Giving. Recently she was named as the interim president and assistant vice president of the UMKC Foundation.

Born in south Louisiana (very near but not actually on the bayou), Shelly is a certified Cajun who practiced law in Louisiana and Mississippi before finding a new home in Kansas City and new career in fundraising.

Shelly discovered public radio as a kid with KRVS 88.7 Radio Acadie and has been a loyal KCUR listener and sustainer for the past two decades. As a fundraising professional, she has raised money for domestic violence survivors, public school children, and urban-serving teachers; helping people achieve their philanthropic goals brings her great joy.

In her spare time, Shelly enjoys reading, traveling, playing mah-jongg, and raising two rowdy boys with her Eagle Scout husband.

To reach Shelly to congratulate her, you can reach her at or via phone at 816-235-5123

Since this post was published, UMKC has introduced the permanent leader for the office who will begin her work on November 2nd.