Billy Shore

Billy Shore

Founder and Executive Director, Share Our Strength

Mr. Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine and subsequently renewed concern about hunger in the United States. Since its founding, Share Our Strength has raised more than $200 million to support more than 1,000 anti-hunger, anti-poverty groups worldwide. Today, its priority is to end childhood hunger in America ensuring that the nearly 12 million American children facing hunger have access to the nutritious food they need to learn, grow and thrive.

In 1997, Mr. Shore launched Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., to provide strategic counsel to corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations interested in creating community wealth – resources generated through profitable enterprise to promote social change.

From 1978 through 1987, Mr. Shore served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colo.) From 1988 to 1991, Mr. Shore served as chief of staff for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.) His transition from politics to innovative community service and his prescription for community change are documented in his first book Revolution of the Heart (Riverhead Press, 1995). Mr. Shore’s second book, The Cathedral Within (Random House, 1999) profiles a new breed of community leaders who are tapping every sector of society to improve community life. Mr. Shore’s most recent book, The Light of Conscience, published in February of 2004, explores how acts of conscience can and have changed the world.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mr. Shore is 50 years old. He earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the board of directors of The Timberland Company, City Year, College Summit, and Venture Philanthropy Partners. In the past, Shore has taught a class on social entrepreneurship at New York University’s Stern School of Business as an adjunct professor and has been a guest lecturer at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. In October 2005, US News & World Report selected Shore as one of America’s Best Leaders, an accomplished group selected by an independent committee of judges assembled by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.