Shannon has an interdisciplinary background with experience in policy, conservation, and economics. Shannon joined the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF) in 2013 and serves as its Policy and Conservation Director. At NMSF, she coordinates Capitol Hill Ocean Week, the premier ocean policy conference in DC; manages government relations and advocacy efforts to both the legislative and executive branches; engages local community leaders in promoting and strengthening national marine sanctuaries; and oversees the foundation’s field-based conservation and research projects across the nation.
Shannon has also worked in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a U.S. Congressional Office, California’s Natural Resources Agency, Georgia Sea Grant, and San Diego Coastkeeper. She received her Master’s degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California, San Diego and her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Economics and Management from the University of Georgia.