Shannon Hovis is a policy expert and political strategist who has spent her career fighting for civil and human rights. She joined NARAL Pro-Choice America in July 2018 and became the Director of NARAL Pro-Choice California in April 2019.
Shannon has overseen the California electoral program since joining NARAL, helping secure electoral victories across the state for NARAL-endorsed candidates in 2018. In her first initiative with NARAL, she led California’s resistance to stop Kavanaugh’s confirmation and organized “Unite for Justice Bay Area” as part of the largest single-day protest against a Supreme Court nominee.
Under her leadership, NARAL Pro-Choice California launched regional action councils in Los Angeles, Orange County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the Antelope Valley to drive NARAL’s legislative, electoral and judicial campaigns locally. This session, she has led the charge for NARAL Pro-Choice California to sponsor the College Student Right to Access Act (SB 24), to expand abortion access to California’s public universities, and the Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth Act (SB 464), to address California’s egregiously high rates of black maternal mortality. When signed, both bills will become the first of their kind in the nation.
Before joining NARAL, 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.
Shannon sings in San Francisco’s GLIDE Memorial Church choir, on the occasional Wednesday evening at Grace Cathedral, and performs musical theatre at SF Oasis. She holds a Master of Science for Teachers from Pace University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.