Shan Foster is the senior director of external affairs & AMEND at YWCA Nashville & Middle Tennessee. AMEND is a primary prevention initiative dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by empowering young men and boys to become the catalyst for change. He now recruits, educates and equips men and boys to serve as advocates for violence prevention and cultural change. Described as an enthusiastic leader, gifted public presenter, and skilled facilitator, Foster is committed to elevating the conversation about violence against women, engaging men to be leaders and role models, and educating young men and boys about healthy masculinity and respect.
Shan graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of science in human and organizational development. During his time at Vanderbilt, Shan finished as the all-time leading scorer in school history, was named SEC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year, NCAA Division I All-America, and was the Lowes Senior CLASS award winner, an award given to the nation’s senior leader in community, classroom, character and competition. Shan was drafted into the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks in 2008, and was inducted to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 2009. Recently, he was honored as an SEC Legend during the 2016 SEC Basketball Tournament. Prior to his work at YWCA, Shan served as dean of culture for the Intrepid College Preparatory Charter School in Nashville where he now is a contributing board member. Foster also serves on the board for Music City Classic and the advisory committee for Joyful Heart Foundation and Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee.