Born and raised on Detroit’s west side, Shawn Blanchard is a Mackenzie High School alumnus who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Economics from the University of Michigan in 2005. He moved to New York where he attended City College and earned a Master of Science in Secondary Math Education. While in New York, Blanchard co-founded Men of Majesty, a mentoring program for at-risk youth. In addition, he taught at Holcombe L. Rucker High School in the Bronx and served as the Mathematics Department Chair. While leading the department, Blanchard’s school placed amongst the top five-percent in New York City.
Upon returning to Michigan, Blanchard has continued to serve the city of Detroit with the same energy and passion that he always had. In 2012, he co-founded Networking Out, LLC, helping to build healthier lifestyle habits through fitness, education and personal/professional collaborations. He is also co-creator of Run This Town, a fitness movement that attracts hundreds of business professionals every week on the Riverfront for exercise and information exchange.
In 2014, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan appointed Blanchard as Director of Youth Services. The goal of this position is to engage the city’s youth and encourage healthy habits, resulting in productive and impactful citizens.
Among his awards and accolades, Blanchard has received the Spirit of Detroit Award, Community Service Award presented by Ford Motor Company, and was the recipient of the Black Male Engagement Award for his efforts to create community partnerships through Run This Town. He was also the 2013 BMe Leadership Award recipient, as well as featured as Essence Magazine’s “Man of the Month” and by CNN’s “Impact Your World” in 2015.