Skip to main content

Shelley Rubin, LICSW – Immediate Past Chairman

Psychotherapist in Private Practice

Shelley Rubin started a private practice as a psychotherapist in 1990, working primarily with children and adolescents. In addition, she served on several boards and worked as a psychotherapist and supervisor for other nonprofits serving endangered youth.

After graduating from the State College in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1970 with a BS in special education, Shelley taught in New York. Fluent in Spanish, she also spent a year in Quito, Ecuador, teaching children with learning and behavior problems. After earning her MA in counseling at New York University in 1987, she worked at Bellevue and New York University Hospitals doing community outreach to help facilitate the adjustment of psychiatric patients returning to the community.

Shelley continued her career in Washington, DC, working as a psychotherapist and served as Director of Supervision at the D.C. Institute for Mental Health from 1984-1997.  She worked as a counselor with Justice for Children (JFC) from 2007-2012. She also helped JFC with fundraising and educating parents in ways to protect their children. Shelley has also served on the Board of Board of Community Preservation Development Corporation (CPDC) since 2011.

Why Child Justice?

As Board Chair since Child Justice was founded in April, 2013, Shelly is deeply committed to the organization and its mission. “In 2007 I was hired as a Social Worker on an Avon Grant at Justice of Children, a nonprofit headquartered in Houston that supports abused and neglected children,” she said. “I spent hours speaking with parents whose children were not being protected from their abusers.  I met children who told me their stories and terrors.  I saw videos and drawings made by small children that should never be. The courts are not protecting these children as well as they deserve, and I have pledged to do whatever possible so that this torture will stop. When Eileen King—whom I met while working at Justice For Children—decided to found, Child Justice, I was eager to help. It’s successes and the commitment of its board and staff are truly amazing—and very encouraging.”