Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, I have lived, worked, and studied in several cities in the US, throughout Latin America and Tanzania and with a Nigerian development organization.
In high school, I spent one month working at a center for the rehabilitation of severely malnourished children in Yoro, Honduras. Immediately my interest and passion for economic equality took hold. Why would I partake in a world so unequal, benefit from much of that inequality, and do nothing to try and balance that? My motivation to create a positive change has driven me ever since.
Elysian Coffee Roasters is my humble attempt to create a profit-sharing social enterprise. We combat inequality and barriers to economic development by supporting nutrition programs in the areas from which we import coffee. The yields and return on investment in childhood development and in childhood nutrition specifically produce some of the greatest positive results to economic development. We have begun by partnering with the same nutrition center - San Yves - that I worked at in Yoro, Honduras.
Shane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American Studies and Philosophy from Fordham University and a Master of Global Human Development with a specialization in agriculture from Georgetown University.