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Veterans Place Announces New Executive Director

Veterans Place is happy to announce that Shannon Hagy, the current Clinical Director, will be assuming the position of Executive Director upon the departure of Robert Hamilton. As an Asian-American, Shannon is eager to represent the minority community in this leadership capacity.

Shannon comes from a family with a long history of military service. Both her grandfathers served in the US Army, stationing their families across the world. She has dedicated her career to serving those who have served for us. Her passion for the work she does fuels her desire to continue the Veterans Place legacy of providing advocacy, service, and the highest caliber resources for the at-risk veteran population in our Pittsburgh community.

Shannon has been integral to the Veterans Place team since September 2019, when she became the Veterans Resource Center Coordinator. In 2020 Shannon was promoted to the Director of Client Services, and most recently, in 2022, she earned the title of Clinical Director. A first-generation college graduate, Shannon received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from the University of Southern California while also obtaining a Military Social Work Certification and a bachelor’s degree from La Roche College. She is currently completing a certificate in Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University.

Shannon has distinguished herself as the Southwest Division Chair of the National Association of Social Work – PA,; co-chair of the leadership portion of the Allegheny County/Pittsburgh Veteran Homeless Bootcamp committee; spearheading a local project with the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans; and is a member of the Leadership Pittsburgh cohort starting in September 2022. She is also a member of Pittsburgh Young Professionals, an ambassador for Mission 22, and a mentor for PA Women Work.

Shannon’s personal vision is a community preventing veteran homelessness and meeting veterans’ needs without barriers stipulating accessibility to services.

“I am beyond thrilled and honored to serve the organization and community as the Executive Director of Veterans Place. As an Asian-American woman, it is my duty to set an example for other minority members of my community and advocate for equal opportunities across the commonwealth. Although I am not a veteran myself, my experiences as a minority female have presented me with my own set of challenges. My commitment to serving veterans in general and specifically the minority veteran community is a personal choice that I am proud to stand by. My experiences and passion for serving the veterans in our community will shine in all the work we do as an organization, and I am ecstatic to lead Veterans Place beyond our capabilities.” – Shannon Hagy

Veterans Place is fortunate to have the strong and capable leadership of Shannon Hagy to guide the organization through this next chapter.

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