BY ISN STAFF | September 9, 2015
BALTIMORE, MD – Timothy “Timbo” Shriver has been named President of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), one of the nation’s longest-running service organizations, effective October 12, it was announced today by the organization’s Board of Directors.
Shriver comes to JVC from The Future Project, where he has held leadership positions since 2012, most recently as Chief Dream Director in San Francisco. Among a handful of the organization’s earliest employees, Shriver has spearheaded the development and growth of The Future Project’s transformative school programs — from youth leadership training and teacher engagement to its innovative recruitment and marketing strategies. The Future Project now serves over 50 schools in seven cities, transforming schools into inspiring and engaging places that encourage young people to identify their dreams and put them into action. A life-long advocate for social justice, Shriver learned early on how to make those efforts count. While a student at Yale University, he co-founded “Spread the Word to End the Word,” a global youth-led campaign to end the casual and pejorative use of the word “retard(ed)” aimed at people with disabilities. Since the effort’s 2009 launch, more than half-a-million people have pledged support for the cause and now over 2,500 student-led events are held annually across the world. Additionally, Shriver spent this past year as a Lecturer at the Stanford Design School with a focus on leadership, creativity and organizational design.
In making the announcement, Lisa Grattan, Chair of JVC’s Board of Directors said, “Tim is passionate about service, whip smart, an authentic leader and an inspiring spokesperson. We are thrilled that those outstanding qualities will be dedicated to building JVC’s programs and initiatives. While JVC is a most inclusive organization in terms of the people we serve and our volunteers, Tim’s personal commitment to Jesuit spirituality and its universal values, will further position us to expand and grow our service to the poor.”
Commenting on his new post, Shriver said, “JVC has touched and changed countless lives in its more than 50 years. I’m deeply honored to take on this challenge and humbled by the fearless and courageous dedication of the Jesuit Volunteers today and throughout this organization’s history. Inspired by the modern compassion and leadership of Pope Francis, which we will see close up later this month, we see a huge opportunity for JVC to lead a new era in youth leadership, faith formation and national service in this country.”
Shriver, who will be based in Baltimore, MD, graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a BA degree in ethics, politics and economics.
Among the nation’s oldest service organizations, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps aspires to create a more just and hopeful world by engaging passionate young people in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. During their year or two of participation, Jesuit Volunteers live in the communities where they serve among the most marginalized citizens, in the United States and six developing countries. Approximately 300 young men and women serve in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps each year, with legions of former volunteers continuing their commitment to service and social justice throughout their lives. Jesuit Volunteer Corps and current and former Jesuit Volunteers are key constituencies of the Ignatian Solidarity Network.