As a Governor of Otis College and co-chair of the Annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show Committee for 14 years, Shelley has played a vital role in developing the fashion show and fundraising for scholarships for talented young artists and designers.
Altruist of the Year: Shelley Reid
Shelley Reid, born and raised in Canada, is a “triple Trojan”. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music, a Masters Degree in Social Ethics both from USC and she is a graduate of the Gould School of Law at USC. Her entire career has been spent in the entertainment and media industry. Upon graduating from law school, Shelley was a successful independent producer of film, television and theater. For the past 15 years, she has worked at various studios and networks as a television business affairs executive. Notwithstanding a demanding professional career, Shelley is equally devoted to supporting numerous local and national non-profit organizations.
WHAT IS MOST REWARDING ABOUT YOUR PHILANTHROPIC WORK?
Working with organizations like Otis College of Art and Design where the money raised from our annual Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show goes directly to supporting scholarships for talented young artists and designers. The students work all year with top fashion designers such as Bob Mackie, Isabel and Rubin Toledo, Trina Turk, Casabella, Patagonia, Cynthia Rowley, Zaid Affas and so many other fabulous and well-known designers in creating collections. To see their designs come together on the runway each year is truly amazing.
DESCRIBE THE RANGE OF YOUR PHILANTHROPIC WORK — ORGANIZATIONS AND CAUSES OF PERSONAL INTEREST AND THOSE THAT YOU SUPPORT THROUGH YOUR LEGAL AND BUSINESS CAREER IN ENTERTAINMENT MEDIA?
My real interest is in education, the arts and supporting women’s initiatives. I have been a Governor of Otis College of Art & Design for 14 years, I support a local foster children’s organization, Children’s Action Network, I am on the professional advisory committee of the Motion Picture Television Fund, a member of the Visionary Circle of Visionary Woman and continually
support and mentor young female executives. I serve or have served on a number of other non-profit boards, such as the United Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the Los Angeles Free Clinic and other local art collectives and foundations. Read more here.