The board of directors of the Congressional Hunger Center has appointed Shannon Maynard, an accomplished leader in the movement for social change, as the organization’s next Executive Director, effective September.
Maynard succeeds Ed Cooney who will retire later this summer after nearly 15 years of service. Cooney announced his retirement in December.
Maynard comes to the Congressional Hunger Center from the Grameen Foundation where she has served as the Chief Talent and Knowledge Officer; and a leader in the Foundation’s Bankers Without Borders global initiative, harnessing the skills and services of the world’s brightest minds and institutions to accelerate the progress of social entrepreneurs connecting the poor to their potential.
Maynard began her career in the social sector as an intern with the Congressional Hunger Center in 1993 and completed the Hunger Fellows program in 1998.
“I am honored to lead the Congressional Hunger Center’s important work in developing leaders in all facets of society who are committed to living in a world where our citizens’ most basic human needs are met. My own fellowship experience with the Hunger Center had a tremendous influence on my career, so it is indeed a privilege to come full circle and now lead this terrific organization,” said Maynard upon accepting the offer.
Before joining Grameen Foundation, Maynard served as the Executive Director of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation under the George W. Bush Administration and led strategic initiatives for the federal agency, the Corporation for National and Community Service, where she spent almost nine years designing and implementing national service policies and programs. In 2008, she spearheaded the creation of A Billion and Change, a national campaign to mobilize $1 billion of pro bono and skills-based service to address core issues our communities face. Previously, Maynard held various leadership positions managing AmeriCorps programs for local and national nonprofits focused on hunger relief and food security, civic participation, and youth empowerment.
Maynard received an MBA from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Richmond. She has served as adjunct faculty for the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy teaching nonprofit leadership and management.