Shawn Landres connects people, ideas and resources, enabling community leaders to expand what they know, adapt how they think, and redefine what is possible. The co-founder and board co-chair of Jumpstart Labs, he serves as the board chair of Hub Los Angeles, a member of the Los Angeles County Quality & Productivity Commission (and chair of its Strategic Foresight Working Group), and an active partner in early-stage ventures and social enterprises.
Shawn's award-winning leadership in social innovation has earned international recognition, from The New York Times and Chronicle of Philanthropy to GOOD.is and FastCo.EXIST. Just a year after Jumpstart’s launch, the Forward named Shawn one of America’s 50 most influential Jewish leaders. In 2012, the White House featured him as a “spotlight innovator” and speaker at its Faith-based Social Innovators Conference, and in 2013, the Liberty Hill Foundation honored him with its NextGen Leadership Award. He is an Ariane de Rothschild Fellow, Nahum Goldmann Fellow, and member of the ROI Community and Selah Leadership Network.
Shawn is the designer and facilitator of the Civic Engagement Seminar, a Jewish Federation initiative to inspire and provoke emerging leaders who wish to take their interest in the civic life of the Los Angeles region to the next level. He co-chairs the Santa Monica Public Library’s Innovation Technology Task Force and is an elected Director of the Association for the Social Scientific Study of Jewry. Shawn also is a non-executive manager of SPARK Experience, an advisor to The Mother Company, InVenture, and TherOzone, and a contributing faculty member/program designer for the Claremont Lincoln University graduate program in Social Impact.
A Los Angeles native who grew up in Santa Monica, where he now lives with his wife and two young daughters, Shawn holds degrees in Religious Studies and Social Anthropology from Columbia University, and the University of Oxford, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned his doctorate. He has co-edited four books and published award-winning articles and essays that advance intergroup understanding. Shawn 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.
He and his wife Zuzana Riemer Landres live in Santa Monica, where they are being raised by their two young daughters.