Shannon Chapman graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Pacific with dual degrees in Applied Economics and International Development. During her first year, she was selected as one of the ten 2011 Ambassador Corps recipients, interning for two months in South Africa with the Maharishi Institute. At Pacific, Shannon worked as a Program Manager for the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, helping coordinate the TEDxSanJoaquin conference and coordinating community engagement events for 100+ people.
During her third year, she received a state department scholarship to study in West Africa, conducting research on the state of malnutrition in the northern region of Ghana nominating her as a finalist for the Truman scholarship. The summer of 2013 she worked with Ashoka Innovators for the Public, authoring an environmental candidate strategy and helping coordinate the US fellow selection process. Her final year, Shannon worked as Managing Director for the Integrated Development Group, where she led a team of 10 students advising four consulting projects in microfinance, entrepreneur support, animal conservation, and climate change. Shannon received honors for her thesis on the history of US corporate social responsibility and from Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies