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Be The Change, Inc. Announces New Board Members

by Alan Khazei   •  

Opportunity Nation and our parent organization, Be The Change, Inc., are thrilled to announce the addition of five new members to BTC’s National Board of Directors: Sharon Dunbar, Vice President of Human Resources, General Dynamics Mission Systems; Michael Montelongo, Senior Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer, Sodexo, Inc.; Jennifer Eplett Reilly, Founding Chair, New Schools for Baton Rouge; Hal Shapiro, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP; and Bill Shore, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Share Our Strength. (See below for a brief preview of their bios.)

Sharon, Michael, Jennifer, Hal and Bill have each distinguished themselves as leaders in their respective fields and bring to Be The Change a depth of expertise in topics ranging from business strategy to civic leadership to corporate governance. They also bring a deep personal commitment to our organization’s work in expanding national service, economic mobility and veteran empowerment through BTC’s three campaigns, ServiceNation, Opportunity Nation and Got Your 6.

Sharon, Michael, Jennifer, Hal and Bill – we are truly honored that you have decided to join BTC in advancing our bold vision of inspiring culture change and accelerating public policy development to bring about positive changes in our society.


Sharon Dunbar is VP of Human Resources for General Dynamics Mission Systems.  A 32-year military veteran, she retired in 2014 as a Major General in the U.S. Air Force. Prior to her current position, Sharon served in a variety of acquisition, legislative affairs, and human resource management positions in both the Executive and Legislative branches of the federal government. Read Sharon’s full bio





Mr. Montelongo is an experienced C-level executive and corporate governance leader who has led for-profit, public sector, and non-profit organizations. He brings a unique and broad service industry skill set in areas such as food service and facilities management, outsourced technical services, telecommunications, professional services, and aerospace/defense, including tours in the U.S. Senate and the Pentagon. Read Michael’s full bio




Jennifer-Eplett-Reilly-200-BTCJennifer Eplett Reilly serves as founding chair of New Schools for Baton Rouge, a recently launched education reform initiative building on New Orleans’ success to create excellent educational opportunities for 12,000 students in the next five years in the core of the capitol city. She has engaged as a service entrepreneur and philanthropist for 25 years as co-founder of City Year Inc., founding executive director of Echoing Green Foundation and co-founder of the Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship; and leader of numerous innovative public-private partnerships in Louisiana. Read Jennifer’s full bio



Hal-Shapiro-200Hal Shapiro is a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP. He heads the firm’s international trade practice. Mr. Shapiro advises multinational corporations, U.S. trade associations, and foreign governments on international business and policy issues; legislation, regulations and interagency policy formation; international trade agreements; litigation of disputes before the World Trade Organization (WTO) and other international dispute-resolution bodies; import and export matters; customs matters; and federal civil litigation. Read Hal’s full bio



Bill-Shore-BTC-200Bill Shore is the founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit that is ending 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 $376 million in the fight against hunger, and has won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment. Read Bill’s full bio


Alan Khazei

Alan Khazei is the Founder and CEO of Be The Change, Inc.

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