Since 2010, Plywood People has walked alongside hundreds of people and projects doing good: offering content, curriculum and community to help them launch and sustain.

OUR team

Our founder

Jeff Shinabarger is a social entrepreneur and author. His project Gift Card Giver and his books More or Less and Yes or No have been featured by CNN, USA Weekend, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Huffington Post, Christianity Today and Relevant Magazine.

Jeff creatively led Catalyst for eight years, he is the co-founder of Q, and he has spoken at TedX, Pecha Kucha, Creative Mornings, Catalyst, and Q Ideas.

Because of his work in the social entrepreneurship space, he found that people were always telling him about their ideas or introducing him to someone with an idea that was ready to launch. He started referring to this group of problem solvers as "Plywood People", as plywood - often used to cover broken windows or potholes - always found itself solving a problem. He formalized this community of start-ups doing good in 2010 with the launch of Plywood People, a 501c3 organization.

Jeff is currently the Executive Director of Plywood People, and he has a vision to make Atlanta a center for social innovation.


OUR board of directors

Jim Dudley
Owner, Wash Me Fast
Board Chairman, Plywood People

Sela Missirian
VP Strategy & Business Development, Brown Bag Marketing

Robby Brown
Founder, Litus Advisors

Jeremy Blume
Vice President, DEMOSS

Joel Iverson
Co-Founder, Monday Night Brewing

Greg Gilbert
Managing Director, Ronald Blue & Co.

Tuere K. Butler
Congressman John Lewis/U.S. House of Representatives

Monica Lage
Founder and Executive Director, Break Into Business

Aaron Fortner
Principal, Canvas Planning

David Farmer
VPMenu Strategy & Development, Chick-Fil-A

Rick Mercer
President, Urban Oaks Builders

Chris Bledsoe
Entrepreneur

Jeff Shinabarger
Executive Director of Plywood People