Shawn is Director of Community Partnerships for the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. He has worked for the Middlesex District Attorney since 2001, including four years as Deputy Chief of the office’s Victim Witness Services Bureau (2008-2012). Shawn brings to the MAAV Board 15 years of direct services experience, having worked in both the non-profit and public sectors advocating for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Shawn holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English (magna cum laude) from Franklin Pierce College and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs (summa cum laude) from the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Shawn’s graduate school research focused on the efficacy of court-mandated batterer intervention programs and on equitable policing in Muslim communities. His thesis was entitled, “The Preparedness of Local Law Enforcement to Address Domestic Violence in Muslim Communities in a Post-9/11 Society: A Case Study of Middlesex County, Massachusetts.”
Shawn has been on the MAAV Board of Directors since 2008. He first became acquainted with MAAV while serving as a proxy for then Middlesex District Attorney Gerry Leone on the Annual Walk Committee. As Shawn learned more about the work of the organization, the more he wanted to contribute to its mission. Shawn is also a Commissioner on the Melrose Human Rights Commission and a volunteer ELL/English Conversation tutor. He lives in Melrose with his wife Shannon and their daughter Emma Mary.