With over fourteen years as a fundraising professional, Shannon brings a diverse background and skill set to Gibney.
During her four years as Senior Director at international consultancy firm CCS Fundraising, Shannon raised $70 million for organizations including Alvin Ailey, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, the Archdiocese of New York, and Cristo Rey Brooklyn. She specialized in building major gift programs, interim development department management, and capital campaigns.
At CCS, Shannon served as Co-Chair of the DEIJ Committee and as Chair of the Pro Bono Committee, successfully piloting a program that saved nonprofits with budgets under $1 million over $500,000 collectively in its first year. Shannon received firm-wide recognition for her research on the motivations of Millennial and Gen Z donors.
Prior to joining CCS, Shannon served as the Development Director of the Museum of Food and Drink where she oversaw corporate, individual, and institutional giving, focusing on creating the Museum’s first major gift program and laying the groundwork for a $30 million capital campaign.
Previously, Shannon served as Development Manager at Chashama, a nonprofit that annually transforms $11 million of unused property into affordable studio and performance spaces. She led development strategy while fostering relationships with property owners and government agencies across the five boroughs. Prior to Chashama, Shannon held development positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Aperture Foundation, and Baltimore Museum of Art.
Shannon is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she double majored in Theatre Performance and Theatre Design and Technical Production, while minoring in Art History. She holds an MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University. Her work at Towson was key in producing New Russian Drama: Voices in a Shifting Age; a year-long performance program where she originated roles in multiple world premieres of new plays banned from performance in Russia. An installation artist who works at the intersection of movement and fine art, her work has been featured at Performance Space New York, the Woodrow Wilson Center, the Russian Institute of Theatre Arts, Dance Place, Mabou Mines, and Charlestown Working Theater. She has worked closely with Holly Hughes, Leon Ingulsrud of SITI Company, Naoko Maeshiba of Kibism Dance Company, and Double Edge Theatre.