Program: Shannon Nazworth, Ability Housing, Inc.

Shannon Nazworth

Shannon Nazworth is President and CEO of Ability Housing, a position she has held since 2003. Ability Housing is dedicated to building strong communities where everyone has a home. Its vision is a society where housing is a right, not a privilege, and all individuals have safe, affordable housing in vibrant communities.

Nazworth brings more than 19 years of experience in the affordable housing sector, having held executive positions with Habitat for Humanity’s international headquarters and local affiliates. In addition to leading Ability Housing, Nazworth is Chair of the State of Florida Council on Homelessness, immediate past president of the Florida Supportive Housing Coalition, and was a gubernatorial appointee to both the Florida Affordable Housing Workgroup and Affordable Housing Study Commission. She also serves on the Chase Community Advisory Board, National Low Income Housing Coalition Policy Committee, and many other state and national organizations; most recently joining the Advisory Council of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Prosperity Initiative. In 2020, she earned national recognition as Multifamily Executive Magazine’s “Executive of the Year.”

Nazworth is a native of Massachusetts, but has resided in Northeast Florida for over 20 years.  She has a B.S. in Political Science, having graduated magna cum laude from Boston College; a Certificate in Executive Leadership from Harvard Business School; and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.

Ability Housing


Spotlight Speaker: Terri Davlantes, JAX Cooking Studio


Terri Davlantes is the owner of JAX Cooking Studio, a collaborative space that provides adults, children, families, and corporate teams with fun hands-on cooking experiences. Terri began this venture after having served in senior level positions in higher education for 18 years at Florida Coastal School of Law and Jacksonville University. She is a double Gator earning a Juris Doctorate degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She has served on the boards of the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, North Florida Transportation Planning Organization, Youth Crisis Center, The Council of Catholic Academies, and numerous non-profits. Davlantes is a Jacksonville native; she and her husband have four adult children.

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