31 Aug, 2023

Becoming a Place-Based Leader

with Shawn Duncan, Stacy Brungardt, Stephen Causby, & Pamela Stringfield
Season 2,
  Episode 4
Place Matters
Place Matters
Becoming a Place-Based Leader

These days, there are thousands of resources available on how to become a great leader. However, the resources are pretty thin if the context of your leadership is not an organization or business, but a place. Being a place-based leader often comes without a title, authority, or compensation. Instead, being a place-based leader has to do with the quality of one’s character and their commitment to coalition-building. In today’s episode, Shawn discusses what it means to become a place-based leader, alongside returning guests Stacy Brungardt, Stephen Causby, and Pamela Stringfield.

Show notes

Shawn Duncan, Director of The Lupton Center
Dr. Shawn Duncan is the Director of FCS’s Training and Consulting Division, The Lupton Center. Shawn comes to FCS from the nonprofit leadership sector with research and writing focused on pedagogies for social impact. In his previous careers he has focused on multi-sector coalition building for community impact, content and curriculum design, group facilitation, leadership development, and immigration reform advocacy. As the leader of The Lupton Center team, Shawn brings a visionary voice for innovation, a strategic mind for resource development, and the leadership acumen to support and equip the team for success. He loves being a part of a mission-driven team that finds joy in one another while doing such important work.

Pamela Stringfield, Director of Neighborhood Engagement at FCS
Pamela earned a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Covenant College and a Masters of Educational Ministry from Covenant Theological Seminary. She has over twenty years of experience in community, youth and women’s development, leading collegiate diversity initiatives, providing pastoral leadership in several religious institutions around the country. She has the unique story and perspective of being both recipient and practitioner of place-based relief and development which informs her current work as Director of Neighborhood Engagement with Focused Community Strategies. Pamela is a ‘Grady baby” but grew up in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She has called Atlanta home for fourteen years. She has been married over a decade to her husband & bestie, Ryan. They have two young sons, Josiah and Asa. As a family, they love finding adventures in the city, enjoying the best barbecue Atlanta has to offer and connecting deeply with friends and family.

Stephen Causby, Lead Trainer and Consultant at the Lupton Center
Stephen Causby is a Lead Trainer and Consultant with the Lupton Center. Stephen comes to FCS from community development and leadership development across the Atlanta region where he managed a technical assistance program for local governments and the group which executes the agency’s core leadership programs, including the LINK leadership visit. As a member of FCS’s Training and Consulting Team, Stephen brings a passion for helping communities develop in ways that build on their unique character, while also driving change around racial equity. He loves working directly with clients to help them explore ways to build healthier, more sustainable neighborhoods.

Stacy Brungardt, Lead Trainer and Consultant at the Lupton Center
Stacy Brungardt is a Lead Trainer and Consultant with the Lupton Center. Drawing from both her lived experiences in chronic, material poverty and her professional experiences as the director of community development for an Atlanta-based nonprofit. Stacy is an innovator gifted at building bridges that connect people, groups, and efforts to reduce poverty. Her educational background in psychology and sociology has fueled her passion for disrupting the traditional paradigms of charity for developing healthier models of holistic neighborhood engagement that maximize impact. Stacy is also a winner of the 2014 Technical College System of Georgia’s Award for Occupational Leadership.


Special thanks to our podcast editor, Tim Rhodes, for making this episode possible. If you are interested in working with Tim, you can contact him via email at tim@whistlingblue.com, or through his website, whistlingblue.com. If you have questions, feedback, or wish to contact us, please email Bekah Klein at bekah@fcsministries.org.