Professional Qualifications

Engaging government and citizens to craft effective policies and programs that build strong communities through experienced project management, technical writing and communications:

Voices at the tableShannon has over two decades of experience in project management and program development. She started her career in the private non-profit world and then entered civil service. Shannon believes strong, effective government is best achieved when citizens are fully engaged in building and growing their communities.

Shannon has been proud to be a part of programs and projects committed to:

~strengthening family resilience in the face of adversity

~creating family-friendly, hands-on nutrition education activities with parents and providers

~building strong connections between communities and government programs

~developing and supporting responsive systems of accountability between funders and providers

You can learn more about Shannon’s passion for authentic, meaningful community engagement in her resume 3.14.17 and professional work samples. A snapshot of her education and career accomplishments is described below:


Master of Arts, Strategic Communications, Washington State University, May 2016

Bachelor of Arts, Community Services, St. Martin’s University, December 1999

Associate of Arts, Liberal Studies, South Puget Sound Community College, June 1998

Project Management

Manage over $9,000,000 in combined federal and state funded home visiting projects; $1,200,000 in statewide family support and parent education contracts, and $450,000 in federal match and reimbursement nutrition education contracts.

~Analyze policy and programming for home visiting services, parent education and family support.
~Design grant funding applications, review tools, contracts, monitoring and evaluation tools.
~Plan, coordinate, and deliver statewide training for direct service staff and volunteers.
~Monitor project implementation to ensure compliance with state and federal guidelines.
~Track project expenditures and approve reimbursement requests for contractors.
~Evaluate project outcomes and apply results toward program improvement.
~Develop reports at state and federal level for program outcomes and expenditures.

Technical Writing
Provide a variety of clear and concise written communications using the principles of “plain talk.”

~Write briefing documents analyzing legislative bills, fiscal notes, and federal and state regulations.
~Present recommendations on program practices, improvements and budget decisions.
~Develop interactive curriculum, student materials, and training tools for programmatic use.
~Create user-friendly grant applications, contracts, program evaluation tools, and fiscal forms.
~Develop activities and materials for focus groups, advisory groups and staff trainings.
~Organize and direct student involvement in producing an annual arts and literary publication.
~Write newsletters, editorial articles and reports for various audiences.

Leadership and Community Development
Support and guide contracted staff, volunteers, and clients in meeting organizational and personal goals using a strengths-based perspective.

~Coordinate interagency policy and programming for families impacted by incarceration.
~Involve parents in agency planning through teleconference, e-mail and in-person meetings.
~Facilitate advisory and focus groups in reviewing and evaluating program materials and curriculum.
~Direct volunteer activities, community outreach and fundraising for local non-profit agency.
~Provide social services and consultation to clients in WorkFirst job training program.

Learn more at Shannon’s LinkedIn page.