The Wilder Foundation is pleased to announce that Damon Shoholm has been selected as the new director of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.
With a background in applied leadership, Damon brings more than a decade of experience in leadership development, civic engagement and facilitation training to this new position. Over the past seven years, Damon has significantly contributed to Wilder Center for Communities, providing leadership for the Youth Leadership Initiative
, Neighborhood Leadership Programs
and Latino Leadership Programs
. In addition, he works with nonprofit, government and community organizations to increase the capacity of individuals, organizations and communities. Damon is a 2013 alumnus of the Shannon Leadership Institute and has worked closely with Shannon staff and participants for a number of years.
"I am so pleased to have Damon take on this new role,” says Kristine Martin, Vice President, Wilder Center for Communities. “He brings experience, vision, and passion to this work. As a Shannon alum himself, Damon is capable of honoring the rich tradition of the Shannon Leadership Institute while guiding the future of this vital community asset.”
Damon is a graduate of Metropolitan State University and holds a teaching license and master’s degree from Augsburg College. He is a board member of the Minnesota Alliance with Youth, an organization overseeing AmeriCorps Promise Fellows throughout the state. Damon will assume the director role on March 10, 2014.
The James P. Shannon Leadership Institute offers personal and professional renewal for leaders in philanthropic, civic and community service organizations. The Institute provides a structured, challenging, and supportive opportunity for community leaders to clarify the purpose of their work and the core values they want to exemplify.
Wilder Center for Communities inspires lasting change by cultivating leaders, establishing meaningful connections and engaging community toward action. Through leadership programs, civic engagement and community initiatives, Wilder Center for Communities helps to build capacity and develop engaged, involved leaders and communities.