President and CEO
Shelby Schneider is the President and CEO of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership. The Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership leads a host of critical economic and workforce development initiatives across the public and private sectors, driving economic success for residents, businesses and government in Saratoga County, New York. The Saratoga Partnership provides a point of contact for business retention and expansion, enabling a seamless delivery of programs and services for businesses seeking to grow. The Saratoga Partnership spearheads semiconductor industry marketing and attraction, global trade assistance, community economic development, and data collection.
Shelby Schneider joined the Saratoga Partnership in June of 2016 after spending over two and years managing national marketing for Shmaltz Brewing Company. While at Shmaltz, she led the creation of a Brewers Training Certificate Program in collaboration with regional breweries, regional workforce investment boards, and Schenectady County Community College to meet the growing need for trained workforce in the craft beverage industry. The program has trained nearly a hundred brewers who now work in the regional craft beer and spirits business, and also spawned the creation of new breweries including Unified Beerworks in Malta and Hank Hudson Brewing Co in Halfmoon.
Before joining Shmaltz, Schneider worked in economic development in Saratoga County for 13 years where she served in the roles of Marketing Director and Economic Development Specialist, and Empire Zone Coordinator. Over her career has had the opportunity to work on transformational economic development projects such as the development of the Luther Forest Technology Campus, and the attraction of AMD, which later became GLOBALFOUNDRIES Fab 8. She has also worked extensively with Saratoga County employers and start-ups to assist with business expansion strategies.
Schneider has extensive experience promoting Saratoga County and business assets to the global semiconductor, and clean-tech industries. She traveled throughout the US and abroad to industry trade shows and developed an extensive knowledge of the industry and relationships with key industry decision makers and site selectors. She also spearheaded public relations campaign, which helped garner international and national media exposure for the Saratoga County from The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, the Huffington Post, and others. Schneider’s was later recognized by the Capital Region Business Review’s 40 under Forty, and 40 Under 40 Rising Stars in Economic Development by Development Counsellors International in 2013.
Schneider serves as a member of the Saratoga, Warren, and Washington County Workforce Development Board, and an appointment member of the New York State Workforce Investment Board. Serves as a trustee at WMHT Public Service Media for Eastern, New York. She has previously served as a director at the Saratoga Springs City Center, the advisory council at Capital Region YMCA’s Camp Chingaghook, and the Children’s Museum of Saratoga.
She earned her BS in Management and Business Administration from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York and is a Leadership Saratoga Alumni. She lives in Wilton with her husband Evan and their four children.
Economic Development Assistant
Jennifer “Jenny” Kelley is the Economic Development Assistant of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership.
Jenny joined the Saratoga Partnership in October 2018 after completing her internship at C.T. Male Associates doing business development and marketing. While there she helped prepare and submit two projects to the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Annual Engineering Excellence awards program. Those two entries went on to win a platinum award and diamond award, the highest honor which will go to the national ACEC competition.
Prior to her internship, Jenny was at graduate school at Boston University, studying international affairs and African studies. One of her greatest achievements in graduate school was getting her article “The Evolution of Pro-Femmes/Twese Hamwe: Women, Peace, and Political Development in Rwanda, 1992 – Present Day” published in the Pardee Periodical – Journal of Global Affairs. She later developed her article into a Master’s Thesis, using original research gathered while in Rwanda. She has travelled extensively throughout her studies, learning about different governance structures, cultures, communities, and local traditions.
Although her educational focus was on East Africa, Jenny is not a novice when it comes to economic development in Saratoga County. Growing up, Jenny would shadow her father, Jon Kelley at work and soon became immersed in the processes and practices that went into achieving large development projects and bringing in an abundance of new jobs to Saratoga County. By attending Town Board meetings, analyzing zoning and tax maps, and meeting with public and private officials, Jenny grew to appreciate and understand all of the hard work and collaboration it takes to do good economic development work. She hopes to combine her background knowledge of economic development work in Saratoga County with her expertise in working with small communities across the globe to her role as Economic Development Assistant. In doing so, Ms. Kelley can provide the tools and assistance required to continue the distinguished work of the Saratoga Partnership.
Besides her MA from Boston University, Ms. Kelley earned her BA in Government and African Studies at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY where she was the recipient of the Augsbury North Country Scholarship, awarded the First Year Swahili Proficiency Certificate by the Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, and was an active member of the Kappa Delta Sigma sorority. Jenny grew up in Greenfield Center and graduated from Corinth High School in 2011. She currently lives in Downtown Saratoga where she enjoys exploring new restaurants and running in the area.
Michele Battle brings over a decade of not-for-profit administration and marketing experience. Her background includes marketing and administrative roles at the Warren County Bar Association, Healthy Visions, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio. She also spent five years supporting Simmons Machine Tool’s administration and marketing efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Michele, her husband Jay, and two children reside in Schuylerville, where she has served as President of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Schuylerville Central School District and is currently a Fundraising Board Member for the Schuylerville Youth Center.