Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers and They/Them/Theirs

My favorite San Diego beer is:  Living in San Diego, we’re spoiled with craft beer options, but my friends and I love going to Newtopia Cyder to get their award-winning “Chai Me a River” cider.

My favorite way to enjoy water is: Snorkelling, scuba diving, and freediving.

I want to see a world where every student in San Diego knows about the biodiversity in their own backyard, has equal access to our coastline, and feels empowered to protect our waterways.



Shannon joined the Coastkeeper team in 2018 as Education Specialist. Her work supports Project SWELL by providing water quality and pollution education for students throughout San Diego county. As Education Specialist, she also provides support for Coastkeeper’s other educational programs, such as Water Education for All, and community outreach events.

Although Shannon grew up in a landlocked suburb of Philadelphia, she spent her summers visiting Sea Isle City, NJ, where she first fell in love with the ocean. Volunteering at a small zoo in her hometown pushed her to pursue her lifelong passion for environmental education as a career. In 2013, she moved across the country to start at University of California San Diego, where she earned a bachelors in Biological Anthropology with a focus on primate behavior and conservation. During her time at UC San Diego, she realized the need for innovative and engaging conservation education to address the world’s growing environmental problems. After college she worked as an instructional assistant with autistic students in a local elementary school, where she gained valuable experience in formal education and classroom management. Shannon is currently pursuing a part-time Masters degree through the Advanced Inquiry Program, an innovative partnership through Miami University and San Diego Zoo Global. Her graduate work focuses on using science communication to “make waves” for ocean conservation, which ties in closely with the mission of San Diego Coastkeeper.

Shannon firmly believes that San Diego’s students are the future stewards of our oceans and waterways. By engaging students in local water conservation efforts, she hopes to foster lifelong appreciation of the environment and connect our future leaders to nature.

In her free time, you can find Shannon snorkelling or kayaking in some of our local Marine Protected Areas, taking photos of the beautiful San Diego sunset, or relaxing at home with her cat.

Shoot Shannon an email at shannon@sdocastkeeper.org