Meet Shanelle

Shanelle, Pittsburg Raised. Pittsburg Proud. Pittsburg

Shanelle Scales Preston is a lifelong public servant with lifelong roots in our Pittsburg community. With her years of working at different levels of government, Shanelle understands what it takes to bring Federal, State, and Local agencies together to get the job done. She is a tireless advocate for our community.

Shanelle was born in East County and raised her whole life in Pittsburg. Her family previously moved to Pittsburg for from the south work at Camp Stoneman and the Steel Mill. Shanelle’s father worked in construction and started his own small business and her mother worked at the local glass factory. Shanelle is a proud graduate from Los Modanos Elementary School, Hillview Jr. High School, and Pittsburg High.

Shanelle learned from her parents the importance of hard work and community service. That is why she has dedicated her whole life to public service and giving back to the Pittsburg community. She is active in her church and is a founding board member of the Pittsburg Youth Development Center.

Throughout her career, Shanelle has been a fearless advocate for everyday people who have fallen on hard times or are having troubles navigating difficult government bureaucracies. With over 20 years of public service Shanelle has been a tireless volunteer for Pittsburg and has had settler career working for both Congressman George Miller and Congressman Mark DeSaulnier.


In the wake of the national mortgage crisis Shanelle advocated on behalf of hundreds of local families to keep their homes. She has been an advocate for local veterans to ensure they get the services they deserve.

Shanelle earned her degree from California State University East Bay. While earning her college degree she began interning for Congressman George Miller.

Today, Shanelle and her husband are raising their two boys in Pittsburg.