His passion is evident in the projects he directs as well as his commitment to design education and AIGA. He is a past AIGA National Board member as well as a past Board member and President of the Washington, D.C. Chapter. Shelton is also an adjunct faculty member at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, where he leads the College's Design Ignites Change initiative and has served in various strategic and educator capacities for multiple design programs in the D.C. area. In 2006, Shelton received the AIGA Fellow award in recognition of his significant contributions to the design community. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University.