Episode 62: Transparency is the first step to better public policy

Shelby Fleshood

Free to Offend Episode 62 | Guest: Shelby Fleshood, Nevada Policy

Let’s face it, most public policy debates come down to one thing: How are our tax dollars actually being spent?

Nevada Policy Research Institute Director of Open Records Shelby Fleshood joined the program to talk about the importance of greater financial transparency in government — and why, despite bipartisan support, it remains such a struggle to actually implement in the real world.


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Shelby Fleshood

Shelby Fleshood

Transparency Director for Nevada Policy Research Institute

Shelby Fleshood is the Transparency Director for Nevada Policy Research Institute and has a passion for helping ensure his generation maintains the freedoms that make our nation great. Growing up in Florida, Shelby was often surprised in high school to see that the liberties that were so common in Florida, were not always prevalent in other parts of the country. This sparked a passion for activism that would last the rest of his life.

Shelby first became involved with Nevada Policy in the summer of 2020 as a Development Intern, working to help Nevada Policy navigate the changes brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic. He spent that summer collaborating with his fellow interns on new fundraising projects to help ensure Nevada Policy was not crippled by the lockdowns caused by the virus.

In 2021, Shelby graduated from Florida State University after studying History and Economics. He supervises, guides and helps TransparentNevada.com, TransparentCalifornia.com, and their activist communities. Shelby also works with Nevada’s Open Records Coalition and open records activists to ensure that everyone has the ability to see all government records and documents. After all, government is supposed to work for us!