21 Dec, 2023

What’s Next for FCS Housing

with Shawn Duncan, Jim Wehner, Marvin Nesbitt, & Danielle Clay
Season 3,
  Episode 8
Place Matters
Place Matters
What's Next for FCS Housing

When it comes to housing, it doesn’t matter how strategic your plans are, how much experience you have, or how well-resourced you are, there will always be market forces, neighborhood realities, and local policies that are out of your control. What worked for the last 5 years may be detrimental to the neighborhood if repeated in the next 5 years. As FCS is looking at our own changing context, there are a few pivots and innovations that are shaping our next steps. Join Shawn as he talks about these innovations with Jim Wehner, Marvin Nesbitt, and Danielle Clay.

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.

Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., Senior Director of Community Development at FCS
Marvin Nesbitt, Jr. has committed his entire career to facilitating positive outcomes and success for society’s most vulnerable and the communities in which they reside. Today, he serves as Senior Director of Community Development at Focused Community Strategies (FCS). At FCS, Marvin teams up with a group of talented directors to lead the organization’s Neighborhood Engagement, Affordable Housing, and Economic Vitality efforts. Prior to joining FCS, Marvin has worked as an independent consultant providing his skills in human services and community development to numerous nonprofit, and government agencies in the areas of planning, implementation and evaluation of service delivery systems, community engagement, and the development and writing of HUD Choice Neighborhood Grant People Strategies.

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.

Danielle Clay, Director of Finance and Administration at FCS
Danielle joined FCS in 2018 with 29 years of experience in the accounting field including leadership positions at SunTrust Bank, Sledge and Associates CPA Firm, and The Center for Working Families. She holds a Bachelors in Accounting and Finance and a Masters in Business Administration from Clayton State University.


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.