Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainable Development

Short Enterprises Founder Joins Nonprofit Board of Directors

January 12, 2015 at 5:01 PM

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Central New York-based P.E.A.C.E, Inc. recently announced that entrepreneur W. Michael Short was appointed to P.E.A.C.E, Inc.’s Board of Directors. For over 40 years, P.E.A.C.E., Inc. has assisted those living in Onondaga County become self-sufficient by strengthening families and improving the living conditions in challenged communities. The non-profit organization provides a year-round programming and services for people of every age, including energy and housing services, senior nutrition, head start, and more.

Short’s appointment represents a continuation of his firm’s long-standing relationship with the Westside Family Resource Center (WFRC), a P.E.A.C.E, Inc. operated community center in the poorest neighborhood of Syracuse, New York. WFRC provides numerous services to families living in the City’s Near Westside, including summer and after school activities for youth, workforce development and housing support.  Short is a member of WFRC’s Neighborhood Advisory Committee, chaired by the Gifford Foundation’s Sheena Solomon, and he will now be serving as its representative on the organization’s board of directors.

Short is the CEO of Short Enterprises, an award-winning boutique consultancy specializing in strategic communications, public affairs, community engagement, and sustainable development. Short also serves as Le Moyne College’s Social Entrepreneur in Residence

Short Enterprises, with its focus on outcomes oriented public relations, has assisted in the procurement of over $6 million in development related grants, incentives, and equivalents for a diverse array of clients in pursuit of noteworthy initiatives that address key social, environmental, and community challenges. 

Short also serves on the Bill, Hilary, & Chelsea Clinton Foundation's 20/30 International Leadership Council, the Clinton Global Initiative America Community Investing Working Group, and the board of directors of the non-profit Huntington Family Centers, Inc.

“I’m honored to have been selected for this opportunity and look forward to continuing to support the truly groundbreaking and inspirational work of WFRC’s director Mary Alice Smothers with the community’s youth,” said Short. “PEACE has been a strong force in the CNY community under the strong leadership of Executive Director Joe O’Hara and Board President Dave Scharoun and I look forward to working with my fellow board members to expand the impact of the organization.” 

Short has worked extensively with WFRC to identify growth opportunities for WFRC. He is working to help the center build on its longstanding reputation in the local community as a means to develop additional local, regional and national relationships and raise awareness of the center and its important work.

Short recently committed to strengthening his relationship with WFRC by participating in the Clinton Foundation’s Extra10 Initiative and pledging his firm to provide 10 hours in strategic planning and development services each month to support WFRC and its programming.

 “We’re very happy to have Michael join our Board of Directors,” said Mary Alice Smothers, WFRC director. “Michael’s contributions to the Westside Family Resource Center have been invaluable and his knowledge and passion will be a great addition to our organization’s leadership.”

For more information, contact Short Enterprises interim communications director Janessa C. Price at

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