Mara O. Shaw

Mara O. Shaw

Mara O. Shaw

Leadership Development Program Manager; Governmental Training, Education, and Development
Expertise: Land Banks



Mara Shaw is the Leadership Development Program Manager within the training division at the Institute of Government. She works with local and state government officials and staff in managing and providing various professional and leadership development training programs.  She has more than 25 years of experience in local government, primarily in the areas of administration, downtown and community development, code enforcement, and local government planning. Before coming to the Institute of Government in 2013, Mara served as the assistant to the city manager for the City of Valdosta, Georgia. Mara successfully completed the course of study as a Certified Main Street Manager through the National Trust Main Street Center in Washington, D.C. in 2000. She was named the 2005 Senator Loyce Turner Outstanding Public Official by Valdosta State University and received the Department of Community Affairs Outstanding Leadership Award in 2006.  


M.P.A., Georgia Southern College, B.S. Criminal Justice, Valdosta State University

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Areas of Expertise: facilitation, local government administration, neighborhood and community development, downtown development, historic preservation, code enforcement, local government planning, public information and communications, land bank authority development and administration


The chapel has been restored in a way that allows for its use by a wide variety of university and community groups for plays, concerts, lectures, weddings, meetings, and other special events. The Spalding Theater, which seats 240, and the Conference/Green Room, which seats 45, are rented to the public.

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