Dr. Brett Morash is the Executive Director of the Shepherd Higher Education Consortium on Poverty (SHECP). He is also a retired U.S. Naval Officer having served on at sea and on land around the globe. At the Consortium, he leads a small team of professionals focused on offering innovative courses in poverty studies coupled with experiential internships in poverty-focused agencies throughout the United States in order to educate students for a lifetime of professional and civic work diminishing poverty.
Immediately, prior to joining SHECP he was the Director of Operations and Finance at the New York City based Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF), dedicated to ensuring injured veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home by finding and funding innovative programs in communities where veterans, their families and caregivers live and work. Prior to BWF and after his retirement from the Naval Service Brett became the Vice President of Veterans Services at Services for the UnderServed, a New York City based non-profit. His team was focused on the needs of veterans living in poverty, with a focus on employment, homelessness, mental and physical health. He has also been an adjunct professor at Norwich University since 2012, where he teaches courses on Comparative Religion and Cultural Competency within the Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis program.
Prior to retirement from the Navy he was on the faculty of the U.S. Naval War College, where he taught Operational Planning focused on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Response. During this tour, he was sent to lead the Operational Planning Team for the Navy’s medical response to the 2010 Haiti Earthquake. Prior to this tour he served on five different ships including two cruisers and a destroyer, as well as the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, where he led the efforts for the U.S. military efforts toward humanitarian assistance in the region as the Theater Security Cooperation Branch Chief.
Dr. Morash is a 2015 graduate of the Salve Regina University where he earned his Ph.D. in the Humanities, with his dissertation entitled “The Rise and Fall of the Union of Islamic Courts.” Additionally, he holds Masters Degrees from the U.S. Naval War College, and Framingham State University, and a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. While at the U.S. Naval War College he was selected to serve concurrently as an Associate Fellow on the CNO Strategic Studies Group, and as a Fellow on Halsey Group (Alpha). During his time at Halsey Group he developed the “Naval Obscurants” concept for which, he was awarded the 2006 William Middendorf II Award for Student Research.
His military decorations and awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, three Naval Commendation Medals, three Navy Achievement Medals, and various unit and service awards. He lives in New Rochelle New York, with his wife and two children.