Shawn is a seasoned natural resource and rural development leader with over 35 years of experience involving collaborations and partnerships, organizational capacity-building, and designing and delivering educational programs with conservation non-profits, tribal, Oregon Department of Forestry, OSU Extension, and rural development in Oregon on both sides of the Cascades. She has work directly within and for tribal governments for eight years in Oregon and British Columbia. She is a dual citizen of Canada and the U.S.
Shawn also holds PhD in Program Evaluation with an emphasis on Evaluation Capacity-Building for natural resource organizations and has consulted in strategic planning and evaluation with conservation and rural development organizations in the U.S. and Canada. She is active within the conservation and rural capacity-building profession.
Shawn has taught leadership courses for more than 250 community and organizational leaders about leadership styles, cross-cultural communication, team cohesion, conflict styles, team decision-making tools, and project management. She is a sought-after facilitator and has facilitated over 200 think tanks, community input, strategic planning, and other sessions during her long career. She has long been committed to cross-cultural communication and relationship building.
Shawn served on the Tualatin River Watershed Council representing citizens-at-large before coming to the Network.