Shelley Fernando

Treasurer, Board Director


Hi! I’m Shelley Fernando, the treasurer at FEMchess. I’m a junior at Mission San Jose High School, and I love helping out new initiatives. I work with startup nonprofits to navigate the road to tax exemption, developing sustainable business plans and managing finances to help visionaries make social change. I was surprised when my friend told me she was an international chess player, but I was shocked when I realized she was one of the only girls on the school chess team. I learned about the different standards for men and women in chess, and the prejudices and biases held by famous chess players. I don’t play chess competitively, but I was struck by the irony of the situation; in a game in which the queen is the most powerful piece on the board, the glaring lack of respected female champions becomes hard to ignore. I believe the best way to empower young women is to show them what they can achieve.

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Shelley Fernando