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Shelley Stern

Citizenship and Public Affairs Director, Central Region, Microsoft

Shelley Stern Grach is the citizenship and public affairs director for the Central Region, responsible for building economic development programs in 18 states from Texas to Ohio. Stern Grach ensures broad community awareness and utilization of Microsoft’s Citizenship, Health and Education programs, including YouthSpark, digital literacy grants and software, and investing in programs that assist in providing technology education and careers for students, the underemployed and the disadvantaged. She manages nonprofit board relationships, facilitates employee engagement programs, and is responsible for Microsoft’s thought leadership programs on innovation, responsible business leadership and broad education outreach.

Stern Grach brings to her position over 30 years of senior sales and marketing experience.

Prior to Microsoft, Shelley held several positions with AT&T, including sales vice president, responsible for growing $250 million global revenue stream for North America-based technology sector customers such as Xerox, Unisys and Texas Instruments; vice president and general manager, Chicago offices; division manager of the network services division and area manager of operator services, responsible for managing over 800 associates in 10 states; district manager of information management services; and district manager of multi-channel marketing.

Stern Grach is a past chair of the board of nonprofits Lumity and Chicago Career Tech, and is a current board member of the Women’s Business Development Center, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, and is a Commissioner for the State of Illinois Workforce Board. Shelley’s civic participation includes being a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, past service on the Mayor Daley’s Council to Bridge the Digital Divide, and the City of Chicago LEADS Civic Consulting Alliance Advisory Council. Other civic participation includes serving on State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Task Forces (Information Technology, Race to the Top and Talent), and as a past Commissioner on the State of Illinois Economic Recovery Commission for Education. She currently co-chairs a State of Illinois Task Force on Students and Entrepreneurs. She has also served on the Boards of Trustees of Chicago Sinai Congregation and the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

Stern earned a B.A. in history and French language at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and an M.A. in business from Central Michigan University. She resides in New Buffalo, Michigan and in Chicago, Illinois with her husband, a Health Care consultant. Her daughter is an undergraduate studying pre-Med at the University of Chicago.



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