Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Shannon worked in both the public and private sector. She lived and worked internationally for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and for Naval Special Warfare Development Group, with the majority of her career spent in sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East. Shannon combined that experience with time spent building and managing teams within a Fortune 50 company focused on media, telecom, and healthcare.
Shannon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Politics with minors in French and International Studies from Pennsylvania State University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. She is currently working on completing her master's degree in Psychology of Leadership from the same university.