Bachelor of Arts: American Culture
Master of Arts: Nonprofit Administration
University of San Francisco
Certification: Nonprofit Accounting Professional
National Association of Nonprofit Accountants & Consultants
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Shannon Ellis is one of three Co-Executive Directors at CompassPoint. In the context of shared leadership across our practice, the Co-Executive Director role takes on the highest level of accountability in ensuring that CompassPoint is values-driven, sustainable, and ultimately impactful in supporting leaders, organizations, and movements committed to social justice realize their full power. In her Co-Executive Director role, Shannon holds critical leadership roles in our Internal Resilience circle, which focuses on financial health, organizational culture building, staff growth and development, operations and risk mangement.
Shannon has more than 20 years of experience in justice-driven nonprofit management, primarily holding roles in finance and operations. Before coming to CompassPoint she worked in the domestic violence field, where she spent her days toggling between responding to calls on the crisis line and learning how to read and create organizational financial statements. She considers herself an "accidental" finance person, learning while doing and being encouraged by many mentors and guides along the way. A descendant of farmers, educators, and system designers, Shannon is driven by cultivating and designing transformative experiences and has a deep personal commitment to social justice. She believes that nonprofit organizations have an important and unique role to play in the shift toward a more just and equitable world.