Shanna Cox is founder and principal consultant of Project Tipping Point, a collaborative catalyst for transformative advancement in Lewiston-Auburn that develops skilled leaders through interactive training, robust networking connections, and continued support.
As principal consultant, Shanna guides and coaches clients—whether entire organizations, small businesses, or individuals—to advance their thinking and embrace collaborative approaches to transformation within their communities. She offers strategic training, board development and capacity building, as well as community, inclusive, and strategic planning. And she does it with evident passion.
Shanna’s undeniable drive stems from real life experiences; she has learned that you must advocate for what you believe in; that nothing is a given right in today’s world; and that the work you do should be bigger than yourself. This awakening has guided her career path – from her work in housing, public health, and community development to her current role in collaborative leadership and consulting.
An inspired mover and shaker, Shanna helped found the Neighborhood Housing League in 2009 when she recognized the need for an area of downtown Lewiston to have a united voice. Jumping right in, she organized more than 60 residents, developed systems for volunteer recruitment and tracking, generated over $100,000 in revenue through
various channels, and led the successful Safe Homes campaign.
In 2011, Shanna brought her knack for organization and honed community-building skills to Healthy Androscoggin where she served as Health Promotion Coordinator. While in this position she helped spearhead several programs by training and educating staff and directors in leadership development, coalition stabilizing and strengthening, fund development and tracking, the planning of team development, fundraising, and media engagement. Projects include the Wellness Council of Androscoggin County, Lead Poisoning Prevention, Androscoggin Food Pantry Network, and Healthy Homes Healthy Families Partnership. Over the course of two years, she generated revenue of more than $250,000 in grants and sponsorships.
For two years, Shanna served as Community Developer for Community Concepts, Inc. In addition to launching the organization’s Community Development Department, she worked tirelessly to strengthen relationships and deepen trust with more than 50 partner organizations. This led to increased collaboration, something she truly believes in, and helped her in coordinating multi-tier initiatives, each with more than 15 member organizations.
A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, Shanna received her BA in Economics, completing coursework in land use planning, resource economics, and business management. As a Maine Network Partners Fellow, she has collaborated with the most sophisticated leaders in Network Theory in the state of Maine, honing the skills and connections needed to work to help solve social issues in a complex world by aligning and coordinating efforts across diverse sectors of society. She enthusiastically brings it all to her work with Project Tipping Point.
Wearing her heart on her sleeve, so to speak, Shanna also serves as the President of the Board of Directors at Androscoggin Head Start and at Grow L+A, and is a director on the Board of Maine Equal Justice Partners. Shanna is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and volunteers with numerous organizations and events, including Ice Festival L/A. She lives in downtown Lewiston where she is raising three curious, engaged boys – her main inspiration for wanting to work hard to ensure that the world and Lewiston-Auburn are great places.