Shawn Jacqueline Bohen

Chief Transformative Impact Officer
Principal, Grads of Life

Over the last 30+ years, Shawn Jacqueline Bohen has made a career as a collaborative strategist, creating, growing, and strategically managing mission-driven entities. Shawn is nationally recognized for her ability to turn great ideas into dynamic, diversely-staffed, fiscally-viable entities. Shawn is currently a member of the executive leadership team at Year Up, the fastest growing youth-serving organization in the US founded in the 21st century. Shawn is responsible for crafting and orchestrating this social enterprise’s movement building strategy, policy agenda, and R & D on new impact efforts, including the launch of the Grads of Life initiative, a best practice insight and business consulting start-up, and new internal disruptive innovation function, NEST. In her 10 year tenure Year Up has sustained a 24% CAGR on opportunity youth served, and 10x revenue growth.

Prior to Year Up, Shawn spent fourteen years working at Harvard University in a series of leadership roles facilitating interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle some of society’s most challenging and interesting social, political and economic dilemmas. Shawn led the strategic evolution of four university-wide start-ups, including the Harvard Initiative for Global Health, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at the John F. Kennedy School, the university-wide Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative, and the Harvard Medical School Division on Addictions. As Assistant Provost, Shawn co-created and co-lead the first institution-wide Office for Faculty Development and Diversity committed to transforming Harvard’s approach to finding, developing and promoting a diverse, world-class faculty.

Having worked as an actor, waitress and janitor, Shawn began her full-time paid professional career conducting grassroots environmental and consumer affairs campaigns for the Public Interest Research Groups in CT and MA. Shawn is married and has five children, four of whom are teenagers.

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