Commencement Speaker Bill Shore

Saturday, May 17, 2008
SNHU Communications Office

Bill Shore is the founder and executive director of Share Our Strength®, the nation’s leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America. Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures® Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that provides strategic counsel to foundations and nonprofit organizations interested in creating community wealth — resources generated through profitable enterprise to promote social change.

Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine and subsequently renewed concern about hunger in the United States. From 1978 through 1987, Shore served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of former U.S. Sen. Gary Hart (D-Colo.). From 1988 to 1991, Shore served as chief of staff for former U.S. Sen. Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.). His transition from politics to innovative community service and his prescription for community change are documented in his first book, “Revolution of the Heart.” His second book, “The Cathedral Within,” profiles a new breed of community leaders who are tapping every sector of society to improve community life. Shore’s most recent book, “The Light of Conscience,” explores how acts of conscience can and have changed the world.

A native of Pittsburgh, Penn., Shore earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Timberland Company, College Summit and Venture Philanthropy Partners. Shore has been an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is currently the faculty adviser for the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Center for Public Leadership.

In October 2005, U.S News & World Report selected Shore as one of America’s Best Leaders.

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