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Gregory S. Shaffer
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You can find a humorous (but factual) version of Gregory's bio here.

Biographical Sketch

Gregory S. Shaffer is the principal of Compulsion to Create, a consulting business whose tag line is "Writing, Thinking and Public Speaking." Gregory's vision for himself and Compulsion to Create is multi-dimensional and focuses on consulting of community building and asset-based community development, as well as writing and public speaking. Gregory's previous clients have included: Calif. Youth Advocacy Network; Food tamp Outreach Planning Committee;the California Health Promotion Collaborative; California Nutrition Network for Healthy, Active Families; the Local Programs Unit, Tobacco Control Section; and the Physical Activity and Health Initiative, all of the former being part of the California Department of Health Services. In addition Gregory has worked with Odyssey (a mass transportation non-profit); Non-Profits United; Paratransit Inc.; and work as a member of the Sierra Regional Career Partnership's Evaluation Team. Gregory is currently at work on a novel for young adult as well as serving as an Communications Studies instructor at the community college level..

From 1992 to 2001 Gregory worked with California Healthy Cities and Communities, a project of the Center for Civic Partnerships, whose parent organization is The Public Health Institute. California Healthy Cities and Communities is part of a growing international public health movement which focuses on the city and its total environment -- including the physical surroundings, economic conditions, and social climate -- as an arena for health promotion activities. As the Local Programs Administrator, Gregory served as a team leader and supervises the Local Program Development Specialist who, like Gregory, worked directly with cities to build and maintain participation with the Project. Gregory provided on-site technical assistance to city representatives and steering committee members with the development and implementation of their local projects.

Gregory, a native of California, was born and raised in Vallejo (Solano County), CA. From his early years in college, and continuing on today, a serious case of wanderlust has shaped the way he sees the world. These travels have included Nova Scotia, New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Cook Islands (Rorotonga), Costa Rica, India, South-East Asia (Indonesia: Bali, Java; Malaysia: Kuala Lampur; Singapore and Thailand), Great Britain and Europe (France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Italy).

Never one to shy away for the unique, Gregory worked in his youth picking rocks of a race track (so the race horses wouldn't step on them) and transporting race horse urine (24 samples were sealed in a large ice chest to be sent to a Southern California laboratory to be checked for drugs, Gregory was not involved in obtaining the specimens). While completing his graduate degree in Communication Studies he worked nights as a bail bondsman, this particular job still provides some of the most interesting employee/client anecdotes he tells. Today he has a more conventional, and rewarding job.

Before beginning his work with the CHCC in 1992, Gregory served as a Media Specialist/Community Organizer for the Solano County Cancer Prevention Program (funded by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation), and as a Field Representative to California State Assemblyman Thomas M. Hannigan.

Gregory was the recipient of a Rotary Foundation Scholarship in 1983-84 to study at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. In 1985, Gregory was selected as a member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange and traveled to southern India for six weeks as part of an exchange program designed to share professional and cultural experiences. Gregory's writings include The Sacramento Bee, Vacaville Reporter, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the tip section of American Angler; and Home Waters: Fly Fishing in Western Canada.

Gregory earned his bachelors in Communications Studies/Business Administration in 1978 from California State University Sacramento and a Master of Arts degree from that same institution in 1988.

Gregory enjoys traveling with his wife, Sheri, including taking a year off in 1990-91 to travel in the Southeast Asia and the United States. Among Gregory's other interests are camping, bicycle treks and writing.



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