A founder of Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Shannon is based in New Orleans as President and Executive Director of the organization, overseeing the work of the Public Lab nonprofit. Public Lab is a two time Knight Foundation, Knight New Challenge winner, recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge, a runner-up for the Ars Electronica Digital Communities prize.
With a background in community organizing and education, Shannon held positions with the Anthropology and Geography Department at Louisiana State University as a Community Researcher and Ethnographer for a study about the social impacts of the BP oil spill in coastal Louisiana. She also worked at the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, conducting the first on-the-ground health and economic impact surveying in Louisiana post-spill. Shannon seeks to infuse traditional organizing methods of the environmental sector with new media technologies and tools.
She has an MS in Anthropology and Nonprofit Management and has worked with nonprofits for over fifteen years. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Senior Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program and a 2012 Loyola University Institute for Environmental Communications Fellow. Shannon serves on advisory boards, councils or committees for the National Parks Conservation Association, Global Community Monitor, the Louisiana Public Health Institute Healthy Communities Coalition and the Citizen Science Association. She also is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association technology committee and is a past reviewer for the National Science Foundation DRL.