Shelley Cohn retired as the executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2005, after 29 years of service within the agency. She served as the chair of the Arizona Community Foundation and the Desert Botanical Garden. She provides arts consulting work to the Flinn Foundation. During her professional career she served on numerous regional and national boards including the Western States Arts Federation, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Grantmakers in the Arts and National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. Currently she serves on the board of the Desert Botanical Garden, ASU Hillel and the Kellenberger + Tollefson Center for LGTBQ Philanthropy at the Arizona Community Foundation.