Shawn Landres connects people, ideas and resources, enabling community leaders to expand what they know, adapt how they think, and redefine what is possible. Currently Chair of the Los Angeles County Quality & Productivity Commission, which oversees the nation's oldest and largest local government innovation fund, and a City of Santa Monica Planning Commissioner, he is a Senior Fellow at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and co-founder & board co-chair of Jumpstart Labs. An active partner in early-stage ventures and social enterprises, Shawn is senior advisor to the Future of Cities initiative and serves on the Board of Managers of Hub Connective.
Shawn’s social innovation work has earned extensive media attention, from The New York Times and Chronicle of Philanthropy to GOOD.is and FastCo.EXIST, and he was named to the Forward 50 just a year after Jumpstart’s launch. The Obama White House featured him as a “spotlight innovator” in 2012, the Liberty Hill Foundation honored him with its NextGen Leadership Award in 2013, and the Southern California Leadership Network selected him as a 30th anniversary “30-in-30” alumni honoree in 2017. He chaired the Santa Monica Social Services Commission from December 2015 to June 2018.
A Los Angeles native who grew up in Santa Monica, where he and his wife are now being raised by their two young daughters, Shawn holds degrees in Religious Studies and Social Anthropology from Columbia University, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Oxford. He has co-edited four books and published award-winning articles and essays that advance intergroup understanding, along with research reports on philanthropy and civic leadership. He has more than two decades of experience in academic, nonprofit, and philanthropic leadership, social entrepreneurship, network building, and organizational development, including the Clinton Administration’s Reinventing Government initiative, projects funded by the U.S. State Department and the British government, and other broad-based multi-stakeholder collective impact efforts.