Meet Shannon Petrello

by Jan Whitmer

A woman for all seasons, our new Development Director, Shannon Petrello, comes to the Environmental Volunteers with a strong background in fundraising. Her last development position was with Streetside Stories in San Francisco, an educational nonprofit that focuses on advancing literacy through storytelling. There Shannon planned successful fundraising events and substantially bolstered stewardship of the organization’s donors.

Born in Los Angeles, Shannon graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Film Theory. She went on to earn a graduate degree in Mass Communication and Media Art from Southern Illinois University, doing so on a full scholarship! After working for nonprofits delivering programs, Shannon found she had a knack for grant writing and development, and voilà.

Not only is Shannon new to the EV, she is also newly married—to Nicolas Prade, whom she met on a snow camping trip! Since Nicolas is French, they were married in France—in French! Shannon laughs when she relates that she had to be coached about when to say the equivalent of “I do!” After the ceremony, which was special because both families were present, the couple enjoyed a honeymoon in Corsica.

Outside of the office, Shannon’s interests range from dance to birding to scuba diving! Her love of dance began with ballet, which she taught, as well as performed professionally, having studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York. Her dance preference now is salsa! Together, she and Nicolas learned to scuba dive in Belize, where they went as birders and emerged as avid divers. They are also inveterate hikers and campers and have recently taken up cooking as a hobby, since Nicolas loves his mother’s delicious French cuisine. We are thrilled to have Shannon, with her interesting, diverse background, join the EV family. We extend her a warm welcome!

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