Shannon Gahagan

"I love learning people's stories and helping them achieve their philanthropic goals."

By fostering strong relationships with donors and fundholders, Shannon builds charitable resources for the community good. She uses vast experience in nonprofit philanthropy and research to turn donors’ ideas and visions into reality.

Shannon joined the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations in 2014, serving previously as director of development and alumni relations at DeLaSalle High School. Her background also includes Catholic Charities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and the Minnesota Council on Foundations.

She received a bachelor's in sociology from the College of Saint Benedict and lives in Saint Paul with her husband Josh and cat Lucy. She enjoys traveling, thrift store shopping, rescuing stray animals and finding the best vegetarian restaurants around.