Washington, DC
Director of Women Owned Business (WOB) Engagement

Maura Shenker

Maura Shenker is the Director of Women Owned Business (WOB) Engagement. In this role, Maura leads initiatives for WOB growth across the organization, developing strategic alliances with likeminded organizations, corporations and multinational/government programs across the globe, creating synergy with programming to multiply our reach to WOBs. Maura has direct oversight for our Certification Fulfillment Center, Customer Service Center and the organization’s proprietary network resource, WECommunity.

Maura is a small business and economic development expert, focused on business ownership as a wealth-building tool for traditionally marginalized communities. With more than two decades of experience, Maura has a proven track record of leading high-growth, high-impact organizations, and the deep personal commitment to economic justice for women that is core to the mission of WEConnect International. A strategic thinker, adept at creatively connecting talent to resources, Maura is committed to creating a culture of collaboration and trust.

Maura holds an MS Organization Development and Leadership from Saint Joseph’s University, where she also completed an ICF-certified coaching leadership program. Additionally, she has an MFA from The Ohio State University and a BFA degree from Rhode Island School of Design. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Political Science at Temple University, where her research focuses on the nexus of political and economic participation. She hopes to help dismantle the institutional barriers that discourage entrepreneurship and create programs and policies that can encourage active participation in the legitimate economy and activism, agency and advocacy.

Maura loves to spend time with her husband, two children and very fluffy dog. Her daughter loves gymnastics and is learning to play the violin, while her son is an avid artist who draws and reads graphic novels. Together the family loves to travel, spend time at the beach and enjoy culinary adventures.