Director of Advocacy and Policy

Shannon oversees IWHC’s work on international and US foreign policy advocacy. She is an experienced and effective advocate for sexual and reproductive rights and health, is very familiar with UN negotiations, and is an expert on HIV and AIDS, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and programs to advance youth sexual and reproductive health.

Prior to IWHC, Shannon was director of the global health financing initiative of the Open Society Foundations. In this role, she oversaw a $1.6 million grantmaking and operational initiative to ensure that global health donors and financing mechanisms are transparent and accountable, and meet the needs of communities and marginalized groups. Previously, Shannon worked for Family Care International and the Center for Reproductive Rights.

She has been published in Global Public Health and co-authored What Works for Women: Evidence for HIV Interventions (Open Society Foundations, 2010). She has been featured in several media outlets, including The Guardian, Associated Press, Reuters, and Huffington Post.

Shannon holds a BA summa cum laude from CUNY/Hunter College, and an MPA in health policy and management from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service.