The mid-career itch to join the social sector

Shannon Maynard, left, visits with Grameen Foundation Community Knowledge Worker Rosemary in Uganda. With the help of the mobile phone, Rosemary provides her neighboring farmers with information to help increase their productivity and income. Photo: Grameen Foundation

You’ve spent the first decade of your professional experience working in the private sector or in a profession such as medicine, education or legal services. You care about social issues and maybe actively donate to or volunteer for a nonprofit.

So how do you navigate a career change into the social sector. And, more specifically, how do you transfer your skills to international development?

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  • Shannon maynard

    Shannon Maynard

    With more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and volunteer mobilization, Shannon Maynard joined Grameen Foundation in February 2009 as the director of Bankers without Borders. She previously served as the executive director of the U.S. President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation and managed strategic initiatives for the Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency. Her work has been featured in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Nonprofit Quarterly, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Shannon is a former AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer.