David Shorter

has been a high level non-profit director for over twenty years. Born and educated in Los Angeles, California, he served in the U.S. Army following high school, then served as a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from Grambling State University in Louisiana and worked for the Boy Scouts of America as Development Director, Program Director, and Director of Field Services producing major events, golf tournaments, major meetings and managing over fifty million dollars in camp property. He was chosen in a national search by the Virginia Key Beach Board of Trustees as its Executive Director, charged with renovating, restoring and planning a green environment that is community-friendly on eighty-two acres of ocean-front property of an historical site. This site was subsequently placed on the National Register of Historic Places and re-opened to the public in February 2009. Mr. Shorter secured over twenty-five million dollars for Trust operation and the construction of a museum for the City of Miami. He was responsible for all aspects of the museum project, including exhibit design, construction planning, and managing logistics between the municipality, governments, federal agencies and private donors. Mr. Shorter relocated to mid-Michigan to serve as the Executive Director of the Steam Railroading Institute in Owosso. He has two children in Okemos schools. He joined the OEF board in December 2015 and served until his relocation out of state in July 2016.

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