Elizabeth Shaughnessy

BCS Founder and Executive Director

Elizabeth Shaughnessy is a former eight-year member of the Berkeley School Board and 1970 Irish Women’s Chess Champion. She has played in seven international chess Olympiads and is active in chess tournaments around the world. She served as President of CalChess and on the United States Chess Executive Board. For her leadership and outstanding service to the community, Shaughnessy received the 2011 Chess Educator of the Year award from the University of Texas at Dallas. She was named a 2009 Bank of America “Local Hero”, and in 2004 the Rotary Club “Hometown Hero”. She received a 2000 Avant! Magic award for her commitment to improving the lives of Bay Area children. In 2007 she received a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Congresswoman Barbara Lee for her dedication to Alameda County’s youth. From USChess she received an award for Meritorious service in 2015 and the Scholastic Service Award in 2018. She served on the USChess scholastic Council  and currently serves on the US Chess Women’s committee.  She is the mother of three children, Orna, Stephen and Eric.