Rev. Dr. Shelley D. Best is an urban soulpreneur. She is a pastor, visual artist/activist, equity warrior, yogini, creative placemaker and intentional community builder. As the President & CEO of The Conference of Churches, her current venture is “The 224” a creative ecospace where educators, entrepreneurs and artists work, create and lead.
A 2014 recipient of The Hartford Business Journal’s Women in Business Award and a nationally recognized expert in faith-based community development,her education includes; a Master of Arts from Hartford Seminary, a Master of Divinity from Yale University, and a Doctorate in Ministry from Hartford Seminary.
Dr. Best travels internationally as a human rights and interfaith ambassador. With a passion for yoga found after the age of 50, she devotes her practice to the mission of personal and community transformation believing like Mahatma Gandhi we must, “be the change we wish to see in the world.”