Shaun Rieley is director of veterans programs at The Philanthropy Roundtable.
He has an extensive background in veteran policy, having served as a policy analyst and special projects manager for Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), and prior to that as the assistant director of the National Legislative Division of The American Legion’s National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Before joining The Philanthropy Roundtable, he served as program officer for trustee and government relations at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA), where he managed ACTA’s college and university trustee outreach, coalitions relations, and government relations at both the state and federal level.
He served as an infantryman in the Maryland Army National Guard for nine years, with service in the historic 115th and 175th Infantry Regiments as well as the 158th Cavalry Regiment, attaining the rank of Sergeant. His military service included a tour in Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a tour in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Delaware, and a Master of Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD where he studied great books in philosophy, political theory, and literature. He also holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Wilmington University, a Master of Arts in political theory from the Catholic University of America, and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in political theory and American government at the Catholic University of America where his research focuses on Renaissance political thought, particularly the political thought of St. Thomas More.
A native of Delaware, he currently resides in Hyattsville, MD with his wife Leigh and daughter Amelia.