Our Executive Director
Rooms of Hope, Executive Director
Shelley Ham brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit work, as well as a sincere love for design and children, especially those with unique needs. Shelley has been involved with nonprofit organizations such as Make-A-Wish, The Lymphoma & Leukemia Society, the US Olympic Committee, and most recently, another nonprofit company that supports creating children’s dream rooms. In just under three years with this organization, Shelley and her San Francisco Bay Area team of more than two hundred volunteers have designed and created over thirty dream room makeovers for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. In addition, Shelley’s in-depth understanding that the entire family is impacted when a child is diagnosed with a serious illness had led her and her team to create another forty-five dream sibling spaces, and two whole-home makeovers, when circumstances were necessary to do so.
Shelley has lived in the Bay Area her whole life, and she loves the culture and people that make up this diverse area. Shelley’s background in nonprofit work, along with her experience in for-profit work, has armed her with the knowledge she needs to manage a thriving organization. Along with being the former Bay Area Chapter Director of a nonprofit business, she was also the President of a for-profit firm serving the needs of more than 50,000 individuals with her staff of over 400 people. Shelley’s need to make a difference is why Rooms of Hope is her perfect fit!
Shelley is finishing a second degree in interior design, and after creating her first dream room makeover in 2009 with Make-A-Wish, for a very special young lady with an aggressive form of cancer, she knew that this was her calling. “Seeing her eyes filled with hope when she saw her room for the first time was so gratifying. I’m inspired to do better in the world when I see how brave and fearless these children are in their world. Designing dream rooms and more is simply my way of creating rooms of hope for these very special people that I’m privileged to know.”