Shawn Stelow Griffin

Senior Director

Shawn Stelow Griffin brings 20 years of experience designing and implementing education reform initiatives at the local, state and federal level. She works with clients to leverage diverse resources to envision innovative approaches to improving outcomes for children and communities.

Shawn previously worked at The Finance Project, where she served as Vice President of Education and Children’s Services. There she worked with clients to develop aligned policy and systems approaches to sustaining education and social service initiatives. Previously, she served as the Team Leader of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers program at the US Department of Education, where she managed and implemented national activities projects to enhance the quality and impact of federally funded afterschool programs. Shawn also served as the Director of Youth Development for the Maryland State Department of Education where she contributed to the creation of Maryland’s Ready by 21 youth development plan and coordinated former Maryland First Lady Kendel Ehrlich’s Youth Advisory Council.

Shawn holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with concentrations in English and Latin American Studies, from Dickinson College, and a master of leadership in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University.

She serves on the board of directors for the JCPenney Fund. Shawn has also served as vice president of the Maryland Center for Civic Education, the executive board of the National Association of State Student Council Executive Directors, and on the board of directors for The AfterSchool Institute in Baltimore.