Shane grew up in Montgomery County, Brazil, Bolivia, Iran, and Nevada. A son of teachers, he learned that education is the key ingredient for the vitality of any community, and his time abroad gave him an international perspective and a true sense of multiculturalism which has served him well in the strong and diverse District 39.
Shane earned bachelors’ degrees in biology and Spanish at the University of Nevada, Reno, and then joined the Peace Corps shortly after 9-11, serving with his wife for three years as health volunteers in rural Zambia. While in Zambia, Shane worked extensively with neighborhood health committees to improve the quality of health care within his community. During his third year in the Peace Corps Shane worked at the district level in the health, environment, education, and agriculture sectors. While in Zambia Shane witnessed the power of what communities can achieve despite a lack of economic resources.
After the Peace Corps Shane and his wife worked in Brazil, South Korea and Vermont before returning to Montgomery County. While in Vermont, Shane completed his master’s degree in sustainable development at the School for International Training.
Currently Shane co-owns a consulting company where he specializes in nonprofit management and sustainability. He is also the executive director of the Ehlers-Danlos Society. During his career he has worked for and consulted with a multitude of nonprofits focused on making the world a better place.
Shane has a deep dedication to the environment and to cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay, and has passed bills to remove antibiotics from livestock, get mercury out of our water, incentivize and expand composting, combat invasive plant species, promote the use of biofuels, and protect cownose rays, just to name a few.
In his free time Shane enjoys volunteering, scuba diving, skiing and running. He and his family live in Montgomery Village.