Leading JGI's efforts in youth outreach and engagement, Shawn is responsible for engaging young people in effective community service using digital networking and social media. He works with young people to help them get the word out about their efforts and achievements, and to connect their efforts with their communities, the entire Roots & Shoots network and around the globe.
Shawn’s expertise ranges from youth based communications and social media, to humane education and service learning to program development and education. Shawn enjoys learning about the best ways to train youth and educators in service learning, and how to connect them with their peers.
Shawn has worked in youth leadership and community service for over a decade. During this time, Shawn served as president of his Roots & Shoots group at the College of Wooster, and subsequently as a Roots & Shoots Fellow in 2007-2008. Shawn has also conducted research in conservation education at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, Bronx Zoo (Wildlife Conservation Society), and Zoo Atlanta.
Shawn completed a masters of education degree in humane education with the Institute for Humane Education in 2011, and a bachelor of arts degree in animal behavior at the College of Wooster in 2006. For his masters thesis, Shawn developed a course guide for higher education that invites university students to explore the best practices of some of the most effective change-makers of our time, and apply those best practices to a project of their own.
Shawn is a United Nations NGO Representative for the Jane Goodall Institute and serves as a co-chair of the UN NGO committee for the International Day of Peace.