As Legislative Aide, Shannon manages the Senator’s schedule, staffs him at events in the district, manages his social media content, and writes monthly newsletters, local press releases and talking points for speaking engagements. She also conducts constituent outreach, tracks constituent feedback and manages office administrative duties. Shannon says her degrees equipped her with the writing skills necessary for this position, and her co-curricular experiences at UMass shaped her professionalism and ability to network and build professional relationships with colleagues and constituents. Both taught her to take initiative, ask questions and approach projects with attention to detail and creative problem solving. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and UMass Women into Leadership connected Shannon with internships in politics, where she gained experience in the field, learned about future job opportunities and met mentors whose guidance continues to help her find her path. Shannon says she is grateful to UMass for these skills and experiences that have helped her transition out of undergrad and into her first full-time job.

While at UMass, Shannon:
• Was a member of UMass Women Into Leadership (UWiL)
• Was active in the Student Government Association
• Worked for the Student Alumni Association

Work Experience
  • Legislative Aide
  • MA State Senate Office of State Senator Barry R. Finegold
Somerville, MA
Government / Public Policy / International Relations, Political Science
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