Bill Shore is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America. Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 with his sister Debbie and a $2,000 cash advance on a credit card. Since then, Share Our Strength has raised and invested more than $360 million in the fight against hunger, and has won the support of national leaders in many fields ranging from governors, including Maryland’s Martin O’Malley to Oscar winning actor Jeff Bridges.
Shore is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that offers strategy and implementation services to foundations and nonprofit organizations, partnering with them to design and implement innovative approaches to growth and sustainability to promote social change.
From 1978 through 1987, Shore served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of former U.S. Senator Gary Hart, D-Colo. From 1988 to 1991, Shore served as chief of staff for former U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey, D-Neb.
Shore is the author of four books focused on social change, including "Revolution of the Heart," (Riverhead Press, 1995), "The Cathedral Within," (Random House, 1999), and "The Light of Conscience," (Random House, 2004). Shore’s most recent book, "The Imaginations of Unreasonable Men," (PublicAffairs, 2010) showcases the entrepreneurial strategies and qualities of character required to solve problems that affect people so voiceless, vulnerable and economically marginalized that there are no markets for solving them.
A native of Pittsburgh, Shore earned his bachelors at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Shore served as a director of The Timberland Company from 2001 through 2011. He was also named one of America’s Best Leaders in 2005 by US News & World Report and most recently won an S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen.
Shore has been an adjunct professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business and is currently an advisor for the Reynolds Foundation Fellowship program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.