With a decade of digital strategy experience and a master's degree in urban planning, Shannon strives to integrate storytelling and learning with all levels of urban practice -- from research and policy to service provision.

Prior to completing her master’s degree at Hunter College, she 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 quality with Riders Alliance, a transit advocacy group. Shannon leads Living Cities’ content strategy efforts; is helping to grow the organization’s learning practice; and promotes both Living Cities’ Equipt to Innovate framework and its Start Up, Stay Up, Scale Up initiative, which is helping 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 two cats and can often be found at local art and music events and exploring the vegan food scene.