AURORA, IL – Shannon Cameron has been named executive director of the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, the organization announced this week.
Cameron’s selection for the position comes after an intensive four month search. Most recently, she was the director of education and community engagement for the Aurora Civic Center Authority (Paramount Theater), where she led the founding of the Paramount School of the Arts.
“We are very excited to have Shannon as our new Executive Director,” said Dave Bohman, President of Aurora Food Pantry’s Board of Directors, in a prepared statement. “With her extensive background in management, community engagement, fundraising and volunteering, she is an excellent fit for her new role.”
Cameron received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater education from Emerson College in Boston, MA and an MFA in stage and screen directing from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.
“Social service has always been my passion,” said Cameron in a prepared statement. “I have spent my career teaching how art reflects and influences communities. Now, in the Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry, I am ready to help the community find the way to end hunger through empathy and dignity. “
The Aurora Area Interfaith Food Pantry was founded in 1981 and operates one of the largest pantries in northern Illinois. It distributes 3.4 million pounds of food to approximately 196,000 people annually.