Shannon currently serves as a Program Manager with the KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP). In this role, Shannon works closely with KGSP students attending programs at various universities located throughout California. Shannon has worked in international education since 2006, including programs with UC Berkeley and the San Francisco Art Institute in which she focused on expanding international partnerships, advised students throughout their academic experience, and led initiatives to globalize curricula. She is highly engaged in the field of international education, with ongoing professional involvement with NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, the Northern California Education Abroad Association, and the Bay Area International Educators Association. Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and her Master of Arts degree in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.