Maura Shea leads Spring Impact’s operations in the US. She brings over 20 years of innovation leadership experience working closely with community members and leaders, organizations, funders and corporations. She facilitates diverse stakeholders through empathy and experimentation to explore new ways to achieve social impact and value.

Maura joined Spring Impact to focus on the ways the social sector achieves its ultimate goals, or not, and what our many networks of committed, talented and ambitious leaders could do differently. Maura previously built and led the innovation teams at both Feeding America and the YMCA of the USA where she implemented new capabilities (digital and data solutions) and scaled high impact ventures to hundreds of partner organizations. Before these roles, she spent nearly a decade at IDEO.

Career Highlights:

  • Led a two year exploration at Feeding America in partnership with Google’s Moonshot team “X” and Kroger’s Zero Hunger/Zero Waste Initiative to transform the charitable food supply chain data management and inventory integrations. This partnership focused on running small experiments to learn our way into the opportunity space and develop critical tools along the way.

  • Led a multi-partner, two year collaboration to transform the charitable food recipient experience for the foodbank network. This initiative resulted in solutions that reduced wait times for charitable food from hours to just minutes, and ensured neighbors received the very items they ordered rather than a box of food they didn’t select.

  • Designed and scaled a volunteer program called Togetherhood, a way to activate Y members in service to their community through collective impact practices.

Maura has a certificate from Kellogg School of Management, a Master of Design from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BA from Macalester College.

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