Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Shelly Hutchinson moved to Georgia after finishing her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. She began working for Family Services in Atlanta, where her career in social services began. In 2000, Shelly Graduated from UGA with a Masters Degree in Social Work she and her husband also welcomed their first child into the family.
In 2002, Shelly founded The Social Empowerment Center, a mental health outreach and treatment center in Lawrenceville, soon followed by the birth of the family’s second child in 2003. Shelly is the chairperson of the Local Interagency Planning Team for the Department of Behavioral Health and the Children In Need of Services Committee for the Department of Juvenile Justice. These committees provide think tanks for local leaders to access unconventional services for children in need of behavioral health services. After 22 years, Shelly and her family continue to call Gwinnett County home.