Shane Watson
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Shane Watson

Development Manager

As the Development Manager, Shane supports all uAspire sites by processing all incoming donations while updating and maintaining uAspire’s Salesforce database. As he is physically located in the Bay Area, Shane handles region-specific event logistics, Bay Area donor recognition, and manages the Bay Area Emerging Leaders Committee. Joining uAspire was an easy choice for Shane. It combined his experience with nonprofits, specifically starting and managing a nonprofit in rural Tennessee, and his love for using his learned skills to help others, especially young people with the fire to achieve more and better their lives via education.

Before joining uAspire, Shane graduated with an MFA in film writing and directing from California College of the Arts, earning a Student Oscar Nomination for his thesis film, “I Live Here.” He also holds a BA from Rhodes College.

Why uAspire?

Watching my parents earn their bachelor’s degrees as a child was inspiring, and also helped me to understand the difference having a degree has on one’s life. Learning of uAspire’s mission and work opened my eyes to the help that was needed in the community where my career began and others across the country. uAspire continues to amaze me with the knowledge our advisors share with our students, trainers provide to guidance counselors, and the Policy Team uses to change our system for the better. In doing my part to keep the wheels turning, I am appreciative to have the opportunity to work for such a world-changing organization.