Yvette Shelton-Edmonds

Board Member

Yvette Shelton-Edmonds is the Founder and Executive Director of Inspired to Independence Incorporated. She is committed to eradicating generational poverty by helping nonprofit ministries understand and implement evidence based programs that help individuals and families break the cycle of poverty.

She has over 30 years’ experience in County Government across two states. Her career journey has taken her from providing frontline service as a licensed social worker to becoming the Administrator responsible for program planning, oversight, and evaluation. Prior to her role at Inspired to Independence she served the Central Florida community through her role at the Florida Department of Children and Families and Orange County Government where she was responsible for the development and oversight of 19 programs designed to help people achieve self-sufficiency.

Originally from Ohio, Yvette holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Education. She has received training from the leading national child and family experts such as the Annie Casey Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, National Child Welfare League of America, Council on Accreditation, and more. She is trained as a subject matter expert for the United States Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau and a community partner with the United States Department of Commerce Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. She serves on a number of committees in the Central Florida region to help underserved populations with emphasis on community development.

What she values most is her faith and personal relationship with Jesus. Her relationship with Jesus allows her to grow in love and share that love with others. In addition to serving, Yvette enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, outdoor activities, and dreaming of ways to make the world a better place for everyone.

What does justice mean to me?
Everyone should be afforded support, resources, and opportunities to thrive and live life to the fullest. This is God’s gift which He has given to all people. Injustice should make us all uncomfortable, especially those who know and love Jesus. Justice means being open to seeing injustice and using your God given gifts and talents to take action to shape change.