Shannon joined the Yaya Foundation in 2022 as the Advancement Advisor, bringing nearly 20 years of development and communications experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She possesses hands-on expertise in all aspects of development, including grant writing, donor cultivation, stewardship, managing events, social media and marketing. She has successfully raised millions of dollars for clients at the local and national level.
For the last five years, Shannon was a part of the Jett Foundation, which serves youth, adults and families impacted by neuromuscular disorders, including Duchenne, Becker’s, SMA, Friedreich’s Ataxia, Limb Girdle, and Myotonic muscular dystrophy, among others. As the Program Development Director of Camp Promise and later the Development Director for the entire organization, Shannon developed and implemented targeted programs for children and adults impacted by neuromuscular disorders as well as their families and caregivers. In addition to leading program and strategic development efforts, during her tenure, she led fundraising efforts to enhance donor stewardship and retention and solicit donors that resulted in more than $2 million in revenue across philanthropic sectors including the pharmaceutical industry, individual donors, foundations, and corporations.
Prior to Jett Foundation, for 10 years Shannon served as the Marketing and Sales Communications Director for Exeter Group, a global IT consulting firm based in Boston. While there she successfully secured nearly $50 million in revenue as part of large-scale government, higher education, healthcare, and private sector proposals.
She is a strong advocate for the disability and rare disease communities, and currently serves as Board Development Chair for All Wheels Up, which seeks to make air travel accessible for all.
Shannon lives with her husband and two children outside of Boston.