Shannon McNamara

"Shannon McNamara" "Shannon Hill McNamara", Founder, SHARE in Africa
Founder and Spokesperson

Shannon founded SHARE in Africa in 2008 when she was 15 years old.  She has traveled to Tanzania 7 times over past 10 years to implement literacy programs. 

Shannon serves as SHARE's spokesperson through national television, radio and newspaper interviews. She has delivered 50 presentations and keynote speeches in the US, Europe, and Africa, for organizations including Operation Smile, the United Nations Youth Assembly, and the White House.  She has published multiple written works, including "SHARE" in Ordinary People Extraordinary Planet (2011)articles for Oprah's Angel Network, and a blog post, "Feeding the Book Famine," for the White House website called "Winning the Future: President Obama and Young Americans".

In addition to her work with SHARE, Shannon has served on several nonprofit boards, including the United Nations Teen Advisory Board and Girl Scouts of the USA Advisory Board.  She has won national and international awards for her work, including being named a Global Teen Leader for the We are Family Foundation, a National Woman of Distinction for the Girl Scouts of the USA, United Nations Foundation Youth Achievement Recognition and a National Honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award.  

Prior to her service work in Africa, Shannon volunteered in Peru, Costa Rica, and India.  

Shannon graduated from Rice University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilites.  She works for Doximity and lives in San Francisco, California.