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Jason Shaplen

Jason Shaplen

Jason Shaplen’s career has spanned many sectors.  He has served in senior capacities in business, the not-for-profit sector, diplomacy, communications and politics.

Most recently, Mr. Shaplen served as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Skid Row Housing Trust, one of the nation’s largest developers of housing and providers of services to the homeless.  Prior to Skid Row Housing Trust, Mr. Shaplen was Chief Executive Officer of Inspirica, Inc., one of New England’s largest providers of housing and wrap-around services for the homeless, including families and disengaged children. Prior to Inspirica, Mr. Shaplen was a senior executive at Project Renewal, a leading developer and provider of services to the homeless in New York City, where he led the organization’s employment and workforce development programs.

Before entering the not-for-profit sector, Mr. Shaplen worked at senior levels in a variety of capacities including: a management consultant at Booz Allen & Hamilton; a “top 25” executive at PCCW (an 18,000-person, $38 billion communications company based in Asia); a journalist at Newsweek and Dow Jones; and, a speechwriter on Bill Bradley’s presidential campaign.  He has served as an advisor to start-up companies in nascent industries, advising CEOs and their Boards on governance, strategy and management.  He has further helped found two social enterprises that doubled as for-profit businesses and training programs for homeless individuals.

In addition to the above, from 1995 to 1999, Mr. Shaplen served in an appointed diplomatic role as an international negotiator, working to freeze North Korea’s nuclear program.  In this capacity he negotiated international agreements with North Korea and participated in more than 30 rounds of international negotiations in North Korea, South Korea, Japan, and China. He also served as press spokesman for the diplomatic initiative and its liaison to the U.S. Congress.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Mr. Shaplen was born and raised in Asia and returned there to live/work twice as an adult.  He has also lived in Israel.  His commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion – to which he has devoted much of his career – is the result of this experience and his extensive travel (75+ countries).  He was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow in Malaysia and Israel and a Fulbright Scholar in the Philippines. His work has appeared in various publications, including Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, and on foreignaffairs.org (partial list).  He serves or has served on several not-for-profit Boards and Advisory Councils, and is a Life Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.