Shannon has strong roots in Baltimore and has dedicated her career to being a voice for those who are often unable to speak up for themselves.
She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where she became a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and a master's degree in Communication Management from Morgan State University. After college, Shannon worked as an assignment editor and producer for local news stations in Baltimore. She saw firsthand what was happening on the streets of Baltimore – the good and the bad – and began advocating for people by telling their stories. As a Professor at Coppin State, she empowered her students through the art of public speaking and became a fierce proponent of the importance of public higher education.
Shannon later joined the Mayor's Office of Employment Development and worked with people across Baltimore to help them find family-sustaining jobs. She then went on to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit mentors to work with Baltimore's youth. Shannon is also a 2014 graduate of Emerge Maryland, an organization that works to prepare Democratic women to run for public office.
In 2016, Shannon ran again to represent District 13, which includes Armistead Gardens, Belair-Edison, Berea, Butchers Hill, Ellwood Park, McElderry Park, Middle East, Orangeville, and Washington Hill, on the Baltimore City Council, defeated a two-time incumbent and made the commitment to be a full-time councilperson and advocate for the people of Baltimore.
While on the Council, Shannon championed legislation to support City employees, lift up working families and neighborhoods across Baltimore City, and push for and ensure transparency and fairness in City government. She worked tirelessly to ensure that workers received a living wage, fought for the passage of paid leave laws, and worked to expand lactation accommodations.
Most recently, she served as a Regional Director for United States Senator Chris Van Hollen covering the Baltimore region until January 2022.
“When it came to selecting a Lieutenant Governor to join the ticket, I knew that Marylanders deserve a leader who has dedicated their life to jobs and justice and has a proven track record of getting things done for working families. From our first conversation, I knew that that leader is Shannon Sneed,” said Tom Perez. “She understands the struggles of Marylanders because as someone who grew up in a single-parent family, she endured those struggles. She has worked directly in her community to lift up those in need and expand access to opportunity, and I know she will be a tremendous partner as we work to create a Maryland that works for everyone.”
“When I first met Tom, I was immediately struck by his lifelong commitment to public service. Tom has dedicated his life to jobs and justice and making sure that everyone has equal access to opportunity,” said Shannon Sneed. “Through our conversations, I learned more about his vision for a stronger, more equitable Maryland, and I knew that he was the right person to help lead our state forward. We continued our conversations for months, created a strong partnership, and discussed how we can expand opportunity here in our state. I’m thrilled to join forces to create a Maryland that works for everyone, where zip code never determines destiny. I believe my work and my life experiences have prepared me for this moment to lead.”