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Shannon Wyss

Shannon Wyss
Program Manager

Shannon Wyss is the program manager for the Transgender Leadership Initiative and Connecting to Care portfolios, supporting grantees, doing site visits, and overseeing initiative timelines and logistics. Shannon has devoted their career to social justice, whether through providing technical assistance to programs serving youth of color, supporting sexual freedom, helping parents find appropriate schools for their children with disabilities, or working in HIV philanthropy.

It all started in sixth grade, when Shannon learned that women made less than men in the workplace. Since then, Shannon has embraced feminism and grown to support a variety of social justice movements, including LGBTQ liberation, racial justice, and youth and children's rights.

In 1993, Shannon started the process of coming out to themself and now identifies as both genderqueer and queer. They’re very pleased to spend part of their work focused on the trans community.

Outside of work, Shannon supports gender non-conforming and transgender children, belongs to a local anti-racist book group, helps organize Undoing Racism trainings, and publishes on social justice-related topics. Shannon has a BA in International Studies from Vassar College and an MA in Women’s Studies from George Washington University. They live in Hyattsville, MD with their life partner and various adopted animals. In Shannon’s free time, they enjoy photography, yard work, watching the news, and Facebook.

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