Shannon Finley is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC. She brings to the firm over 15 years of experience in politics and policy in Washington, D.C.
Before joining Capitol Counsel, Ms. Finley served for eight years as a consultant and political advisor to U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-MT). She began her career with Senator Baucus as national finance director for his 2002 re-election campaign and director of his political action committee. She later became his political director where she managed a portion of his out-of-cycle campaign activities, advised him on political matters, and planned and executed his national outreach. Further, she coordinated fundraising events and political support on behalf of the Senator for his Senate colleagues, elected officials in Montana, and party committees.
Ms. Finley began her career in Washington in a staff position at the Democratic National Committee. There she worked in coordination with the Clinton White House political and scheduling operations and managed events for The President, Vice President, Mrs. Clinton and Mrs. Gore. From there, she was dispatched to Texas where she served as finance director for Texas Land Commissioner Gary Mauro in his 1998 bid for Governor. She has also consulted on U.S. Senate races in Nevada and Louisiana.
Before working at the DNC, Ms. Finley served as the executive director of the American Indian College Fund. The American Indian College Fund raises scholarships for students attending the 31 tribally-controlled colleges, and during her tenure she managed a $10M annual budget. She started her career as a consultant in the association management division of Coleman and Christison, a San Francisco-based public affairs and advertising firm. In that position, she provided management services, including training seminars, to a client base of more than 200 charitable organizations.
Since graduating from California State University at Chico with a BA in Political Science, Ms. Finley has been involved in numerous non-profit organizations. She has served on the National Selection Committee for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation and was a participant in the 1995 Class of Ambassadors, a leadership program sponsored by Americans for Indian Opportunity in coordination with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Ms. Finley currently serves on the board of trustees for the Corcoran Gallery of Art and is a founding member of “Mod Squad”, the Moderate Democrats Political Action Committee, whose mission is to support moderate Democratic incumbents and candidates to the U.S. Senate.