Shannon Olivieri Hovis (she/her) is a policy expert and political strategist who has spent her career fighting for civil and human rights, with 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 California as the Assistant Director in July 2018 and became the Director in April 2019.
Under her leadership, NARAL Pro-Choice California is a founding and steering committee of the California Future of Abortion Council, leading a legislative package of 16 bills in 2022, including a constitutional amendment to specifically enshrine the right to abortion and contraception in the California state Constitution. Previously, Shannon has led the charge to cosponsor and pass pivotal legislation, including: SB 245 (2022) to remove cost-sharing for abortion care; SB 65 (2021) to close racial disparities in maternal and infant mortality and morbidity; SB 1383 (2020) to expand job-protected paid family leave to an additional 6 million Californians; SB 1237 (2020) to expand access to high-quality pregnancy and birth care; SB 24 (2019) to expand abortion access to California’s public universities; and SB 464 (2019) to address bias and reduce California’s alarmingly high rates of Black maternal mortality.
Since joining NARAL, Shannon has overseen California’s electoral program and managed NARAL Pro-Choice California PrivacyPAC. In 2018, NARAL Pro-Choice California helped to secure victories among 95% of NARAL-endorsed candidates, and in 2020, NARAL CA helped to flip two state Senate seats in Orange County, elect eight leaders for reproductive freedom to open seats, and protect several champions for reproductive freedom in competitive seats. Following the 2018 election, Shannon 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 the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Orange County, Sacramento and San Diego. During Shannon’s tenure, NARAL Pro-Choice California’s membership has grown from 230,000 to 371,400.
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, her husband Victor Olivieri, Ph.D., and their daughter Catalina reside in San Francisco.