Director, Finance & Administration

School of Public & International Affairs

Prior to joining SPIA in 2018, Shelly served as Director of Operations and Administration for the Emory University Global Health Institute from 2012 – 2018. At Emory, she oversaw the daily operations of the Institute, including all fiscal affairs, human resources, and logistics of the EGHI.

From 2008 – 2012, Shelly served as Assistant Director for two programs at The Carter Center: the Liberia Mental Health Program and the Ethiopia Public Health Training Program. During her tenure at The Carter Center, she managed the fiscal, administrative, and technical operations of two transcontinental programs whose mission was to train health care workers for deployment in the most underserved areas of Africa, in partnership with the Liberian and Ethiopian governments.

Shelly also managed The Human Rights Project at Emory University School of Law from 2001 – 2004, and served as senior program manager of the Molecular Design Institute at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 1999 – 2001, where she was also an editorial assistant for the Journal of Materials Chemistry.

  • M.B.A., Georgia State University, 2007, Healthcare Administration
  • M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology, 2000, International Affairs
  • B.A., Centre College, 1999, International Relations
Selected Publications


Murray, J.P., Wenger, A.F., Downes, E.A. & Terrazas, S.B. (2010). Educating Health Professionals in Low Resource Countries: An Interdisciplinary Approach. New York: Springer Publishing.

Book Chapters

Murray, J.P. & Terrazas, S. (2009). Solving the Shortage of Health Care Providers at the Grassroots Level: Ethiopia’s Response: The Carter Center’s Ethiopia Public Health Training Initiative. In P. Hoyt (Ed.), Problem Solving for Better Health: A Global Perspective. New York: Springer Publishing.

Refereed Journal Articles

Downes, E.A., Murray, J.P., & Terrazas (née Brownsberger), S. (2007). The Use of Service-Learning in Drought Response by Universities in Ethiopia. Nursing Outlook, 55(3), 224-231.