As Grant Program Coordinator, Shannon organizes SNC grant programs from development through project close and provides support to SNC’s Regional representatives and partners to assure the implementation of effective and efficient projects that benefit the Sierra. Shannon relishes her role with a funding agency after spending almost 20 years on the nonprofit side of natural resource conservation, including six years as Executive Director of a regional land trust in the Klamath Basin. Her professional expertise is in water resources management, western water law and policy, sustainable management of working lands, and stream and wetland restoration, as well as ecotourism and environmental education as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay. Shannon holds a B.S. in Environmental Sciences and B.A. in Political Science from the University of Mary Washington and received awards for her graduate work in Water Resources Management at Oregon State University. After a rather nomadic life which saw Shannon moving around the globe and country since the age of two, she has now lived longer in the Sierra foothills than anywhere else and embraces that she and her husband can raise their daughter with a strong sense of place and connection to the land. Their free time is spent getting lost in the wild corners of the Sierra Nevada.