Shannon Finley is a partner with Capitol Counsel LLC. She brings to the firm 14 years of senior-level 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, Glacier PAC. 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. 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 for a number of state Democratic parties and U.S. Senate races.
Before entering the political field, Ms. Finley served as the executive director of the American Indian College Fund, which raises scholarship funds for students attending the 31 tribally-controlled colleges. 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, Ms. Finley provided management and fundraising 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 the board of directors of Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountain Region. She also served as a loaned executive to the United Way of the Bay Area. Ms. Finley 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. She is currently the president of the board of directors of the Capital Area REACH Program and serves on the board of trustees for the Corcoran Gallery of Art.