ABOUT US:

Our Team

Jim Shapiro Jim Shapiro: Jim is the founder of The EDGE Group. Before EDGE, Jim was the Vice President of Development at CRISTA Ministries, managing fundraising operations for the $70m organization. (He was the youngest vice president in CRISTA's 50-year history). Jim is a seasoned and experienced development professional, and has led successful capital campaigns, events, and development efforts for a large number of organizations. He has also consulted with charities, churches, and schools throughout the Pacific Northwest on topics of leadership, board governance, and management. A graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Jim is married, has two great kids, and is Head Coach for the King's High School football team.
Shannon Barnes Shannon Barnes: Before joining The EDGE Group, Shannon was an executive for a multi-national manufacturer, a customer service manager for a financial services company, and spent more than a decade as a pastor, strategist, and communications director for two growing churches. He has extensive experience in strategy, leadership, board development, conflict resolution, branding and communications, and the ability to organize complex relationships into highly productive and mission-oriented teams. Shannon and his wife Christina have 5 children. He is a long-time member of the Gary Bonner Singers, a board member of the Association of Professional Consultants, and active in his local service club.
Jeff Fransen Jeff Fransen, Associate: Jeff has 20 years of experience in nonprofit, business and real estate development. Prior to joining The EDGE Group, Jeff was the owner of Fransen Development Partners, vice president of an investment firm specializing in emerging growth companies, and founder and Executive Director of Mexico Family Missions. He has a great deal of experience in development and fundraising in the non-profit sector; having worked with many school, church and community organizations including Youth for Christ and Athletes in Action. Jeff received his MBA from Washington State University and has extensive experience in venture capital and finance. He is married and has three kids.
Sam Hartman Sam Hartman, Associate: Sam has experience working in many different aspects of the nonprofit world. He worked at a church as a youth director for several years in the Seattle area and continues to speak to groups of Junior High and High School students on occasion. Following his youth work he served overseas in Ethiopia for an extended time where he managed and consulted for an orphanage. This included developing and implementing a business plan, effectively managing projects and budgets, and providing accountability in a third world country. He has had success in motivating, encouraging and inspiring people to be their best. Sam graduated from Westmont College with a degree in communications. Inherently competitive, Sam played soccer through college and now helps coach the King’s High School soccer team and continues to play soccer, basketball and tennis whenever he can find a game.