Laurie Shannon

Laurie Shannon

Greater Seattle Sector Skills Academy, Class of 2016, Economic Opportunities Program

Graduation, Reengagement and Truancy Program Supervisor, Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Seattle, Washington

Laurie Shannon is the current Program Supervisor for Reengagement and Graduation and BECCA Liaison for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She holds a BA and BS from The Evergreen State College and has worked as a teacher of science and English/language arts since 1984. In 1993, Laurie completed her Masters in Counseling at the University of Puget Sound. She holds a Career and Technical Education Directors certification from Central Washington University. Laurie has worked as a teacher, counselor, dean of students and adjunct faculty in a variety of educational settings, including alternative schools, comprehensive high schools, middle schools, and a skills center before coming to OSPI. At OSPI she has lead the work of implementing the state system of Youth Reengagement through Open Doors and continues to support policy work for closing opportunity gaps through a variety of initiatives and partnerships.

Laurie Shannon is a member of the Greater Seattle Sector Skills Academy Class of 2016, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at