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Alice Shobe

Board Member

Alice is a global social impact leader. She was hired to start Amazon’s community social impact programs in 2017 and her team has grown them to multi-million-dollar investments. Alice formed the company’s community impact strategy focused on supporting young people to have the resources they need to thrive. Under her leadership, Amazon has developed keystone community investment programs including Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund, a $2B commitment to create equitable and inclusive housing in the company’s headquarter regions, Amazon Future Engineer, Disaster Relief by Amazon, and the Right Now Needs Fund. These programs have collectively improved the lives of millions of young people and families around the globe.

Alice started her career as a city planner in suburban Seattle, Washington. She has worked in public, nonprofit, and philanthropic sector leadership roles to address complex social issues including homelessness, affordable housing, and equitable community development. Alice previously served as the CEO of four nonprofit organizations in Washington State (Bellwether Housing, Building Changes, Philanthropy Northwest, and Impact Capital) and as Director of Sound Families, a $40-million-dollar public-private partnership created by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which ultimately tripled the supply of housing for homeless families in three counties.

Alice has a long history of board service. She currently serves on the board of Jobs for the Future, which drives the transformation of the American workforce and education systems. Alice was awarded and completed the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellowship, a national cross discipline 18-month executive leadership program. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Urban Policy from Michigan State University.