Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pronouns:  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. Their work supports Project SWELL by providing water quality and pollution education for students throughout San Diego county. As Education Specialist, they also provide support for Coastkeeper’s other educational programs, such as Water and Climate Stewards, and community outreach events.

Although Shannon grew up in a landlocked suburb of Philadelphia, they spent their summers visiting Sea Isle City, NJ, where they first fell in love with the ocean. Volunteering at a small zoo in their hometown pushed them to pursue their lifelong passion for environmental education as a career. In 2013, Shannon moved across the country to start at University of California San Diego, where they earned a bachelors in Biological Anthropology with a focus on primate behavior and conservation. During their time at UC San Diego, they realized the need for innovative and engaging conservation education to address the world’s growing environmental problems. After college they worked as an instructional assistant with autistic students in a local elementary school, where they gained valuable experience in formal education and classroom management. In 2019, Shannon earned their M.A. in Biology through the Advanced Inquiry Program, an innovative partnership through Miami University and San Diego Zoo Global. Their graduate work focused on using science communication and education to promote ocean conservation.

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, they hope to foster lifelong appreciation of the environment and connect our future leaders to nature.

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

Contact Shannon by email at [email protected]