A keen intellect, leadership experience and a commitment to results that are delivered with integrity are the key qualities that Barbara L. Shelton bring to her consulting business, Shelton Government Consulting, Inc.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor of science degree in Industrial Engineering, she began a career in information technology and quickly rose through the ranks to become a senior manager at a large consumer goods corporation. She later earned an MBA from Columbia University and was appointed by Governor Tom Ridge as the Deputy Secretary for Procurement for Pennsylvania, where she was responsible for virtually all purchasing activity in the state. She teamed with other government leaders to dramatically improve the state’s procurement processes by making the most sweeping changes to procurement law since 1929.
In 2002 Barbara was asked to lead the Philadelphia regional office of the U. S. General Services Administration (GSA), where she was responsible for over 1,000 employees, revenue of $1.8 billion and an operating budget of over $600 million. She was responsible for the construction and maintenance of public buildings along with the acquisition of supplies, services, and information technology for federal employees in Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, most counties in Maryland and Virginia, and U.S. installations in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
In 2005, she went to Washington to lead the merger of GSA’s Federal Technology Service and Federal Supply Service. She designed the new organization, the Federal Acquisition Service, in just over seven months, while performing as Acting Commissioner for all three entities. In December 2008, Barbara was awarded GSA’s highest honor, the Administrator’s Exceptional Service Award.
In 2008 Barbara was awarded the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering’s Distinguished Industrial Engineering Alumni Award. She served on the board of the University of Pittsburgh’s Alumni Association and continues to serve the Board as a senior advisor.
She lives in suburban Harrisburg and enjoys cooking, music, nature walks, and travel.