We’re excited to release the first episode for season two of Place Matters! This season, you’ll hear all about one of the pillars of FCS: Neighborhood Engagement. In this first episode, we’ll introduce the “big idea” of Neighborhood Engagement. Join Shawn and Pamela in a conversation about why we do Neighborhood Engagement, and why we think proximity is a non-negotiable in holistic neighborhood development.
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.