Jason Shanks

Committee Member
Jason Shanks brings a wealth of background and experience to his role as President of OSV Institute, overseeing the annual OSV Innovation Challenge and OSV Innovation Talks, both launched to ignite creativity and entrepreneurship in the Catholic Church. His vision for renewal through innovation is unparalleled and stems from his conviction that the Church is evergreen from generation to generation and must be re-presented fresh and anew to today’s modern world. Prior to his role at OSV, Jason served as Chief Executive Officer of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business with their 40 Under 40 Award in 2014. In addition, Jason served as Secretariat Leader of Evangelization and Parish for the Diocese of Toledo and was the founder of Catholic Youth Summer Camp. Prior to this, he spent eight years as the Business and Pastoral Leader for a local parish. Jason holds a BA in education from Miami University of Ohio, and MA in Theology from the Pontifical College Josephinum with an emphasis in the New Evangelization, and an MA in nonprofit administration from Mendoza College of Business of the University of Notre Dame. He also holds a certificate in Fund Raising Management from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Jason resides in Northern Indiana with his wife, Melissa, and their five children.