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Leadership, East Region

Shannon joined the Surfrider team in 2022 as the East Coast Regional Director.  Her career has focused on bridging science and people to solve marine conservation issues spanning such topics as mitigating North Atlantic right whale ship strikes to implementing ecosystem-based fisheries management.  Most recently Shannon was the Director of the Making History Campaign at Chesapeake Bay Foundation where she worked to restore clean water to the Bay by amplifying natural infrastructure and advocacy.  Shannon has a Master of Coastal Environmental Management degree from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Marine Studies from University of Delaware. She grew up spending summers on the Jersey shore and winters diving and fishing in the Bahamas.  Shannon now resides in Annapolis, Maryland with her three children and SUP pup, Mahi.  She teaches SUP and barre fitness and spends as much time on the water as possible sailing, paddle boarding, diving, and fishing - always in search of a tight line.