Shelley Brindle for Mayor

shellybrindle300px.pngShelley Brindle knows how to bring people together to get good things done.

As the first woman in the executive suite at HBO, she fostered innovation and collaboration to drive exceptional results during a time of marked disruption in her industry. She led HBO through its digital transformation while achieving the company’s best subscriber performance in three decades. She left HBO last year to found Brindle and Associates, a media and leadership consulting firm, and pursue work in the non-profit and public service sectors that reflect what she values most: empowering people to affect positive change and transformation. That mission is why Shelley is running for Mayor of Westfield.

Shelley grew up in Grafton, VA where her mother settled the family after her father, an Air Force pilot, was killed in the Vietnam War. “Watching my mom rebuild our life instilled in me a fierce independence, a strong moral compass, and a fearlessness to challenge other people’s assumptions about what is possible,” says Shelley. “I honor her resilient spirit and my dad’s sacrifice everyday through unwavering support for our military men and women, and a drive to make a difference.”

In 1994, Shelley and her husband Kip moved to Westfield, eventually settling on Fairmont Avenue in the Second Ward. “I felt we’d found home – a modern town with traditional values. Neighbors looking out for neighbors, wholesome options for kids, a thriving city center, and town leaders working with the community to preserve and enhance what we have,” remembers Shelley. “Increasingly, much of these seem at risk, with more ‘For Rent’ signs appearing downtown.” Detecting signs of complacency in Westfield’s long-serving government reminiscent of what she witnessed in the corporate world, she notes: “When people have been in the same jobs for too long, the ability to imagine fresh approaches diminishes”

She believes in the transformational power of transparency to unleash innovation and to hold elected officials accountable. “If I’m elected, I will proactively solicit input from all residents using every communication tool available,” Shelley says. “We need to harness the collective ideas from all of our citizens to reimagine what is possible.”

Shelley and Kip have three kids: Grace, a senior at Westfield High School; Nora, a sophomore at WHS; and Nick, a sixth grader at Roosevelt Intermediate School. Kip has dived into the Westfield community, having served on the Roosevelt PTO, as President of the Washington PTO and as a Cub Scout pack leader. He’s currently a WBA basketball coach and member of the Booster Club. Together Shelley and Kip volunteer and foster for WISE Animal Rescue, and live with two dogs (and any number of dogs awaiting good homes). They are members of First Congregational Church.

As a volunteer, Shelley is a Global Ambassador for Vital Voices, mentoring emerging women leaders; a founding member of Plum Alley Investments, which supports female-founded companies; and a member of the Board of the Westfield Day Care Center. She previously served on the President's Working Group at the University of Virginia, where she earned a BA.

She is eager and passionate about translating her experience into public service. As she puts it: “I said to myself: I have the skills, I have the time, and I want to get to work for the people of Westfield. What better way than to channel this energy into the Mayor’s office?”

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