Conservation Cup 2014

Megan Reppen (right), development manager, with board member Eleanor Grumman.

Foundation Staff

Members of the 2016 Board of Directors at the Board's retreat at Camp Sullivan.

​​​Shelley A. Davis


     With more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, ranging from direct service to advocacy and philanthropy, Shelley A. Davis joined the Forest Preserve Foundation in 2013 as its first executive director. 
     Shelley was vice president of programs and advocacy for Chicago Foundation for Women and national adviser to the Women’s Initiative for Self-Employment.
     Shelley is a lecturer and senior mentor at The University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, focusing on the public policy impact of nonprofit and philanthropic organizations.  
     She serves on the Illinois Commission on Juvenile Justice and is the chair of the Board of the Albert Pick Jr. Fund. Shelley is a member of the Board of Trustees of Lawrence University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She holds a master’s in urban planning and policy from University of Illinois at Chicago.
      Shelley was inspired to join the Forest Preserve Foundation because she believes access to nature—recreation and education opportunities—is important for all children and families.
     In her spare time, Shelley enjoys sitting, walking and biking outside, and learning more about birds and plants with her two children.

     Contact Shelley at 312-603-8349 or

Megan Reppen
Development Manager

     Megan joined the Forest Preserve Foundation in August, 2016 as the first full-time Development Manager. She was interested in working for the Foundation because of her love for the preserves and her strong belief in its mission. 
     She previously worked with Brave Step, Planned Parenthood of Illinois, the Office of Alumni & Relations at North Central College, and SMS Assist, LLC.
     Megan holds a bachelor’s degree from North Central College in Naperville, where she was a member of the women’s swimming and dive team, the Senior Gift Committee, the Legacy Ambassadors and a Student Ambassador Tour Guide. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in the near future.
     In her spare time, Megan visits the county’s preserves to fish, hike and camp.