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  • Sometimes you need a standard bio.
  • Sometimes you need one that goes in to excruciating detail.
  • Sometimes you need something that is a little different.
  • Sometimes you just want a resume.

Traditional Bio (250 words)

Sheldon Mains helps nonprofit organizations improve service to their communities

He is passionate about using technology to help nonprofits tell their stories and advocate for important issues. He believes that technology change should be combined with business practice and organizational changes to have the most positive impact. He has built new programs and organizations and has redesigned existing programs to take advantage of new approaches.

Since 2004 Sheldon has built a thriving consulting practice helping nonprofit organizations use technology to better serve their communities. Sheldon is also the treasurer of Twin Cities Media Alliance and chair of his neighborhood association.

From 2005 to 2008 he was an elected a trustee of the Minneapolis Public Library System and served as its representative to the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Minneapolis Planning Commission.

In the six years Sheldon was Director of Technology Services at MAP for Nonprofits, he built MAP's technology program into one of the best nonprofit technology service providers in the country.  During this time, he increased earned income by a factor of eight.

For eight years, Sheldon was a board member of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, a national professional organization of people and organizations interested in improving the management of nonprofit organization.

As the Director of Minnesota E-Democracy in the mid 1990s, Sheldon incorporated the organization as a not-for-profit corporation and obtained IRS 501.c.3 status, secured initial funding and developed the first public online campaign finance database for the 1996 election.

Sheldon graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering and received a Masters degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in public policy. At the Humphrey Institute, he specialized in social impacts of technology. He has taught in the Master's program at St. Mary's college in the telecommunications department and speaks on nonprofit technology at a variety of conferences locally and nationally.

He can be contacted at smains (at) visi.com or 612/618-7149.

Long Bio

Sheldon Mains helps nonprofit organizations improve service to their communities.

  • He has created, developed and implemented new programs.
  • He has helped nonprofit organizations use technology to tell their stories. 
  • He has helped nonprofit organizations use technology to help organize communities.
  • He has helped nonprofit organizations use technology to better serve their communities.

He is passionate about using technology to help nonprofits tell their stories and advocate for important issues. Sheldon views technology as just one tool that can help organizations improve their communities and the service to their clients.

He believes that technology change should be combined with business practice and organizational changes to help organizations excel. His approach is no nonsense, no jargon. He can make an overwhelming task exciting.

Since 2004 Sheldon has built a thriving consulting practice helping nonprofit organizations use technology to better serve their communities.

Sheldon is also the chair of Twin Cities Media Alliance and president of his neighborhood association.  In 2005, Sheldon was elected to the Minneapolis Library Board of Trustees in a city-wide general election. He also served as the Board's representative to the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Minneapolis Planning Commission.

In the six years Sheldon was Director of Technology Services at MAP for Nonprofits, he built MAP's technology program into one of the best nonprofit technology service providers in the country. He designed services, found funding, hired staff, marketed the services and managed service delivery for a variety of new and improved programs. During this time, he increased earned income by a factor of eight. 

For eight years, Sheldon was a board member of the Alliance for Nonrpofit Management, a national professional organization of people and organizations interested in improving the management of nonprofit organization.  As vice chair he is chair of the membership and marketing committee and serves on the audit committee.

As the Director of Minnesota E-Democracy in the mid 1990s, Sheldon incorporated the organization as a not-for-profit corporation and obtained IRS 501.c.3 status, secured initial funding and developed the first public online campaign finance database for the 1996 election.

While at the State of Minnesota Sheldon developed the first state regulations on genetically modified organizations, helped establish the Minnesota Center for Victims of Torture, created and managed the public participation program for a state wide public strategic planning and benchmarking project and developed and managed the public education program on high level nuclear waste disposal.

Sheldon graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in electrical engineering and received a Masters degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in public policy. At the Humphrey Institute, he specialized in social impacts of technology. He has taught in the Master's program at St. Mary's college in the telecommunications department and speaks on nonprofit technology at a variety of conferences locally and nationally.

He can be contacted at smains (at) visi.com or 612/618-7149

Short, Nontraditional Bio

Since 2004, Sheldon Mains has run his own consulting practice.  He helps nonprofit organizations improve service to their communities. This may be planning new technology, evaluating current technology, integrating technology into the day-to-day operations of the organization or getting the organization to think in totally new ways.

Previously, Sheldon built one of the best nonprofit technology service programs in the country at MAP for Nonprofits.

In his spare time he tends to be a shameless agitator and works at his full time hobby of owning a 94 year old home. He has been involved in a variety of community organizations that provide public access to communications technology. He works to insure a noisy political system and works to promote freedom of speech.

Sheldon is also the chair of Twin Cities Media Alliance and president of his neighborhood association.

Continuing his interest in public access to information, in 2005 Sheldon was elected to the Minneapolis Public Library Board of Trustees (yes, in Minneapolis the have a separately elected board that runs the library system--part of a very strange system of government).   He was also the Board's representative to the Minneapolis Board of Estimate and Taxation and the Minneapolis Planning Commission.

He has an out of date electrical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs specializing in shameless agitation.

He can be contacted at smains (at) visi.com or 612/618-7149.

Tradtional Resume

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