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Carpenter’s Shelter Executive Director Honored With Prestigious Award

Carpenter’s Shelter Executive Director Shannon Steene, recipient of the David Bradt Nonprofit Leadership Award. (Photo courtesy Carpenter’s Shelter)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Carpenter’s Shelter is known for its mission of helping Alexandria’s homeless and formerly homeless population. The belief in that mission starts at the top. Recently, Executive Director Shannon Steene received the David Bradt Nonprofit Leadership Award for his work.

The award, first given in 2018, recognizes leadership in the nonprofit arena. A press release states that “it is meant to help [recipients] create forward momentum for their teams and organizations.”

“I’m humbled by this recognition and look forward to the leadership development that comes as part of the award,” said Steene. “My aim is to fully leverage the opportunity to keep moving Carpenter’s Shelter forward, especially as we are starting the next chapter of our organizational life in the new shelter.”.

Steene, recognized for his unwavering dedication, received praise for his efforts during the pandemic. For example, he secured additional housing for residents to avoid crowding.

Regarding David Bradt, Steene told the Zebra, “It was an honor to meet him (electronically) throughout the interview process and during the awards ceremony.”

Bradt’s family and friends created the award to honor him for all of the work he does in the local community. He is currently Managing Director at Andersen Tax.

The Greater Washington Community Foundation, which helps to fund the award and the David Bradt Nonprofit Education Fund, has a summary of the award on its blog. It calls Bradt a “quietly effective leader and a champion of the Greater Washington region.”

To watch the virtual celebration for Steene and fellow honorees Paula Fitzgerald and Tyler Spencer, click HERE.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He also studied at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and holds a master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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