Shannon Olivieri Hovis is a policy expert and political strategist who has spent her career fighting for civil and human rights, with nearly fifteen years of experience as a change maker in state and local government, the classroom, electoral campaigns, and mission-driven advocacy. She joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in July 2018 and became the Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California in April 2019.
Under her leadership, NARAL Pro-Choice California has cosponsored and passed pivotal legislation, including: SB 1383 to expand job-protected paid family leave to an additional 6 million Californians, SB 1237 to expand access to high-quality pregnancy and birth care, SB 24 to expand abortion access to California’s public universities, and SB 464 to address bias and reduce California’s alarmingly high rates of Black maternal mortality.
Since joining NARAL, Shannon has overseen California’s electoral program, managing NARAL Pro-Choice California PrivacyPAC, and helping to secure victories among 95% of NARAL-endorsed candidates in 2018. Following the 2018 election, she launched NARAL Pro-Choice California’s first ever regional action councils to drive NARAL’s educational, electoral, and advocacy campaigns locally. Currently, NARAL Pro-Choice California has action councils in Los Angeles, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, Inland Empire, San Diego, Glendale, and the Antelope Valley. During Shannon’s tenure, NARAL Pro-Choice California’s membership has grown from 230,000 to 295,000.
Previously, Shannon worked at the California Department of Justice in the Civil Rights section and as Senior Policy Advisor to then-Attorney General Kamala Harris, where she managed California’s Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board and drafted California’s stop data regulations to govern an estimated fifteen million stops made by law enforcement annually. Shannon has served as Senior Legislative Assistant to California State Assemblymember Raul Bocanegra, in Governmental Affairs for Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, and as a field organizer with Organizing for America to help deliver Nevada in 2012. After graduating from the University of Southern California, she joined Teach For America in New York City and served for three years as a 5th grade Special Educator in a transitional Bilingual (Spanish to English) classroom setting.
Born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area, Shannon is a member of San Francisco’s GLIDE Memorial Church choir, a musical theater performer with the company “Drunk Drag Broadway” at SF Oasis, and an advocate for LGBTQ and women’s rights as a bisexual woman. Shannon currently sits on the Advisory Board for TEACH, an organization that trains clinicians to provide abortion care and cultivates the next generation of reproductive health champions. She previously served as an appointed delegate to the California Democratic Party for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Shannon holds Bachelor’s degrees in Social Sciences and Theatre from the University of Southern California, a Master of Science for Teachers from Pace University, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley. Shannon and her husband Victor Olivieri, Ph.D. reside in San Francisco.