Retired exec finds new calling in nonprofit world
GREENWICH — Through a long corporate career, Jim Shattuck has traveled over the world and picked up many business and organizational skills.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he studied at the University of Vienna in Austria. He has lived all over the U.S. and spent time in the Middle East as an executive with ExxonMobil. He’s also been involved with the nonprofit sector locally, with the Greenwich Emergency Medical Services and the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce.
An enviable career is far from over.
Shattuck is looking to start a new chapter as a business leader, helping nonprofits to modernize, streamline and grow. He was recently named Chairman of the National Executive Service Corps, a national organization that provides consulting services to the nonprofit sector. The NESC is itself a nonprofit.
“The 70s are the new 40s,” Shattuck joked, and he was enthusiastic about taking on a new challenge even as many of his contemporaries in their 70s are looking to maximize a comfortable retirement.
Shattuck says he’s something on an expert on managing change — both individually, and institutionally.
“I offer change management skills. Over the last 10 to 15 years, I’ve spent a lot of time helping organizations and people change, whether it’s changing jobs or changing careers,” he said.
Nonprofits are often in need of modernization, or a fresh approach to fundraising and accomplishing their mission, Shattuck said. “How do you market yourself? We need to bring people into the mainstream, and into the future,” he said.
The nonprofit consulting agency works with public-school districts, social-service organizations and arts groups, among others. It has previously worked with the Bridgeport Public School District and Catholic Charities of Fairfield County. It has a strong presence in the tristate area, while working across the country.
The organization offers a full range of consulting services: business operations, executive coaching, governance, strategic management, communications, marketing and branding. It was founded in 1977 by David Rockefeller and Frank Pace, a business executive from Greenwich and a former secretary of the Army.
While many consulting organizations offer services, the NESC distinguishes itself by offering “affordable” services. A number of its consultants donate their services.
Shattuck said he wasn’t ready to retire. “It is about giving back, and making a contribution to people and organizations that make a difference,” the executive said.
The incoming chairman said he wanted to “accelerate the number of projects” that the organization carries out, and speed up the pace of the work. “We want to move at the pace of a start up,” Shattuck said, as well encourage new startups in the nonprofit sector.
He recently took part in a roundtable discussion with business and government leaders on the ways that startups can achieve success. Shattuck has been active with Fairfield County SCORE, which provides education and support for small business startups.
Shattuck’s wife, Carol, is the chief executive officer of Food Rescue US, based in Norwalk, which collects unused food from stores and restaurants and distributes it to those in need. Jim Shattuck volunteers for the organization and drives a truck that picks up food from Whole Foods in Greenwich. The couple, who have two children, live in Riverside.
Shattuck said he couldn’t wait to get started on the new venture, going full-time in coming weeks. He is succeeding Marvin Berenblum, who is stepping down in December.
“It’s rewarding to me, seeing new ideas and actions take hold,” Shattuck said.