We’re shining the spotlight on Shannon Melton, our new Data and Evaluation Director. Over the past decade, Shannon has worked to create and evaluate an in-home asthma education program and cultivated sustainable relationships with several community-based organizations. She most recently served as the finance director for a congressional campaign.
We chatted with Shannon and asked her a few questions about what it’s been like working at the Women’s Fund so far, and what she likes to do outside of work.
What’s your favorite part of working at the Women’s Fund?
I love that this organization is powered by women and is constantly striving to ensure that all women are represented in the work that is performed.
Describe the Women’s Fund in three words?
Robust. Daring. Resilient.
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
Omaha is a small, big city. It’s small enough that you can create meaningful and impactful relationships and see the change of hardworking community members and organizations. It’s also big enough that you can always find something enjoyable to do (pre-pandemic).
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I am typically cooking – I LOVE to cook. I’m working on becoming a better baker as well. Also, I spend a tremendous amount of time with my almost two-year-old daughter – painting, reading and watching Trolls and Moana, of course.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish in the next year?
One goal I hope to accomplish this year is reading more and re-define what “self-care” looks like for me.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
I have not had any job that I would consider unusual. However, my very first job, I ran my own garden. As part of a larger community garden, I grew my own fruits and vegetables, and then sold them to community members.
What are you listening to these days?
I am a creature of habit and new projects must be exceptional for me to divert from my norm. I love rainy day music from Sabrina Claudio, FKJ and Xavier Omar. I’m also always in the mood for Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Jazmine Sullivan….and Kenny G.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you like to see cast as you?
I get told, no less than once a week (pre-pandemic when I actually saw people), that I resemble Maya Rudolph. She’s hilarious and charming, so I’d think she would play a good Shannon.