2 Nov, 2023

How We Got Here

with Shawn Duncan, Jim Wehner, & Cynthia McNeal
Season 3,
  Episode 2
Place Matters
Place Matters
How We Got Here

When people visit us in Atlanta to see up close and personal what our holistic neighborhood development work looks like, they’re often struck by the volume, quality, and complexity of housing that we are working on. As of today, in Historic South Atlanta alone we have completed construction on about 200 single family homes and 100 multi-family units. But we didn’t start out with a plan that far reaching. So where did it all begin? How did we get here? Join us for the next episode in our series on Mixed-Income Housing for a deep dive into housing at FCS throughout the years. Shawn is joined in conversation by President of FCS, Jim Wehner, and Director of Mixed-Income Housing, Cynthia McNeal. 

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.

Jim Wehner, President of FCS
Jim Wehner is a skilled organizational leader with more than 15 years of experience in neighborhood development in under-resourced communities, with a strong focus on creating, financing, and executing affordable housing and neighborhood-based small businesses. He joined FCS in 2008 as the Executive Director of our Mixed-Income Housing arm, and moved to his current position in 2014. He holds a Master of Arts in Divinity and Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary.

Cynthia McNeal, Director of Mixed-Income Housing at FCS
Cynthia McNeal is a proud army veteran with over 20 years of organizational leadership and team management experience in the military, corporate, and nonprofit sectors. She joined the FCS team in 2005, and previously served as the Facility Manager, Property Manager, and Operations Director before stepping into her current role.


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.