Shelley Kramm is known to many as a “Playground Fairy,” Special Needs Advocate, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Mom to two wonderful people who have helped change the world and she is the Co-Founder and heart and soul of The DC Ladies.
Shelley has a B.S. from the University of Maryland in Interior Design and minor in Landscape Architecture where she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She has always had a love for all things of style and color.
A creative person by nature and ready to jump into things with both feet, sometimes not really sure what she is getting herself into, but always with an open heart. In 1996, she had the dream to create the first fully inclusive playground in the state of Maryland. Only having her design background, love for children, and passion to bring this project to fruition, she jumped in full force. Ultimately formed a nonprofit organization and raised the one million dollars needed to create this playground, which is known throughout the region as “Hadley’s Park.” Shelley spent two years traveling around the country speaking about the importance of creating inclusive playgrounds. Her work on this wonderful cause has garnered attention of the multimedia from Inc Magazine to the TODAY Show. And she was named Washingtonian of the Year in 2005 by Washingtonian Magazine.
In 2009 looking to branch her creative spirit once again and collaborate with her daughter she co-founded The DC Ladies.
In 2010, Sarah earned her B.S. in Communications from the University of Alabama where she was a member of the Elliott Society Honors society and Alpha Delta Pi.
She has held numerous pageant titles including Miss Maryland Teen America, Miss Continental Teen America and she was the inaugural Miss Continental America. Sarah is very passionate about volunteering and is the creator of the orange “band of hope,” which she named the “I am ABLE” wristband. She is an advocate for the disabled and feels that all people and children alike have the ability to stop discrimination against the disabled. She also held the office of Philanthropy Chairperson for her sorority and worked closely with the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham Alabama.
After the devastation of the Hurricane in Haiti she single handedly spearheaded a fundraiser to help with the American Red Cross that was a huge success on her behalf and the University of Alabama’s Greek system.
Sarah is actively involved in many local philanthropic organizations. She continued her passion for the nonprofit world on a by working for the American Heart Association as Special Events Administrator and will be graduating from Graduate School at Johns Hopkins University this spring.