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NSSAR Hires New Executive Director


Don Shaw of Louisville, Kentucky was chosen to succeed Joe E. Harris, Jr. as Executive Director of the National Society. The announcement came at the National Congress in Winston Salem, NC in July. Mr. Shaw assumed his position on July 14th.
New Executive Dir of the NSSAR Don ShawDon Shaw is a long time advocate of education and youth development in the state of Kentucky. Initially, as an educator for 11 years, and for the past 20 years as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer working for three national organizations: The Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
As a history/social studies educator, Don had the opportunity to participate in the states education reform efforts in 1990. He wrote curriculum and coached. He was selected as teacher of the year in 1986, and elected to his High School Hall of Fame in 2005.
Don moved into the non-profit sector in 1991 to lead the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs of Louisville. He is an experienced fundraiser and while there, the organization experienced unprecedented growth, becoming the largest after school youth development program in the state. Don was instrumental in developing a community wide system allowing data sharing between the school system and all community based youth organizations. This effort has been recognized by numerous federal government and private national agencies as a model for impacting children and community partnerships. Don has been recognized by the Governor of Kentucky and Mayor of the City of Louisville as a leader in the field of youth development.
Don chaired and served on the Boys and Girls Clubs of America National Human Resource Committee, where training, professional development, and policy issues were decided for a 16 state region. This region was comprised of 136 organizations, 136 boards of directors and 1600 employees. He also has served on numerous state, regional and national committees working on marketing, resource development, government relations and corporate partnerships.
As Chief Operating Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, he supervised all program development, personnel, volunteers for 10 counties in Kentucky and Indiana, and oversaw an extensive performance management and data management system. The Louisville office was recognized as the 2011 Louisville Small Business of the Year and the 2011 Technology Business of the Year under his direction.
Don Holds a Bachelors Degree in Education from the University of Louisville and Masters Degree's in Marketing and Human Resource Development from Webster University in St.Louis. He was appointed by the Governor of Kentucky to serve on the Juvenile Justice Commission in 1999 and has been quoted in numerous education and youth advocacy publications, He has presented to numerous school systems around the country, the Department of Education, the House of Representatives American Youth Policy Forum, The Anneberg Institute, The Pritchard Committeeon on Education and Individual Congressional leaders on Kidtrax and other community efforts. He is recognized for his efforts in the area of community partnerships. Has consulted with numerous non-profit agencies on program development, marketing and fundraising. Currently, volunteering time with the City of Louisville to aid in designing and implementing community wide standards for all after school programs.
Don is married to his wife Paula and has two daughters Keeley and Mhari. He is a member Southeast Christian Church.