Shannon Aquino

Senior Grants Officer

Shannon Aquino, MSc

Shannon Aquino brings 10 years of expertise in fundraising for youth programs, homelessness services, and disability rights to her role as Senior Grants Officer with LAPA. Prior to joining the LAPA Team, Shannon served as Vice President of Development at the United Spinal Association, where she oversaw the organization’s fundraising strategy. After graduating from college, Shannon was a Peace Corps educational volunteer in Kazakhstan and then worked in sports marketing and product development for the National Football League. 

After a few years in the sports world, she decided it was time to pursue her passion of connecting nonprofits with funding through grant writing roles in foundation and corporate relations for New York City-based and national nonprofits.

Shannon is a native of Easton, Pennsylvania and graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies and obtained her MSc in Government: Nationalism and Ethnicity from the London School of Economics and Political Science.