Shannon is a researcher and storyteller with an over 15-year career in workforce policy, strategic communications, and urban planning. She is currently focused on the learning and evaluation of initiatives at Living Cities, as well as its corporate communications work.

Prior to completing her master’s degree at Hunter College, Shannon consulted as a writer, editor and digital strategist for a variety of organizations, with specialties in finance and technology. Additionally, she served for over three years in workforce policy for the Texas Workforce Commission. She most recently worked with Purpose, a mission-driven organization, tackling gun control, the Syrian refugee crisis and voting rights. Her background in human-centered design and user experience and her desire to solve seemingly intractable urban problems coalesced around this work.

She’s now focused on issues of racial equity through her work with Living Cities, and transportation advocacy with Riders Alliance, a New York-based nonprofit. Shannon leads Living Cities’ content strategy efforts and is helping to grow the organization’s learning practice. She previously promoted both Living Cities’ Equipt to Innovate framework and its Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up initiative, which was designed to connect high-growth entrepreneurs of color to the capital and community they need to scale.

She lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, with her partner, dog and cat and can often be found at local art and music events and exploring the vegan food scene.