Shelene Huey-Booker is the founder and executive director at YUPP ORG. Since its inception, she’s served as the program’s visionary, overseeing all executive decisions and developing programming for the youth. From approving curriculum for student programs, to creating, organizing, and leading live performances and community engagements, Booker’s role is comprehensive. Booker’s vision for YUPP is to cultivate a safe launching pad where outcast and overlooked students are introduced to the entertainment arts. After becoming an official non-profit in 2009, YUPP Org has served hundreds of students in this capacity, many becoming successful creators, musicians, and artists. In addition to her experience was executive director, Booker’s abilities to love people and demonstrate family within a community are matched by her attention to detail, and relentless drive for achieving and maintaining excellence are cornerstones of YUPP’s success.
Shelene holds a B.A. in Music from Santa Clara University, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Phoenix.