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Meet Shannon


Shannon D. Smith is an experienced professional who possesses strong skills in corporate social responsibility, community organizing, market research, macroeconomic research and policy analysis. Additionally, Shannon has a demonstrated expertise in the financial services industry. He developed a passion for the financial industry at an early age, thanks to his mother and an extracurricular program at his high school.

During his sophomore year at Martin Luther King, Jr. Senior High School, his mother introduced him to Academy of Finance, a Detroit Public Schools career and technology program that taught high school students about finance, economics, and accounting. The program also incorporated resume writing, interview skills, and business dinner etiquette. Academy of Finance introduced him to a wealth of experiences, opportunities, and privileges – all of which were instrumental in shaping both his personal and professional trajectories. Quite frankly, if Shannon's mother had not exposed him to this program at the age of 15, he would not have realized the extent of his potential - or have been able to climb the career ladder to his current position.

 Currently, he is a global philanthropy associate for JPMorgan Chase & Co, focused on supporting organizations address major economic and social challenges by expanding opportunity and driving more inclusive economic growth, through grant portfolios that he develops and maintains. Specifically, Shannon helps manage a $150 million commitment to Detroit, which seeks to spur economic growth. His projects include overseeing the JP Morgan’s small business and financial capability portfolio, which works to create investments to small businesses in Detroit, and to improve the financial health of Detroit residents. At JPMorgan Chase & Co. he also serves as a Co-Chair for the firms Equity & Inclusion working group.  A Detroit native, Shannon attended Detroit Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade, and went on to attend the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor where he studied Political Science and Economics.

Prior to working at JP Morgan Chase & Co, Shannon was an analyst at the Federal Reserve System, 7th District, where he launched the Detroit Economic Development Challenge, a competition for Southeast Michigan high school students in which they proposed solutions to economic challenges facing Detroit.  While at the Federal Reserve, Shannon also served as legislative assistant and community advocate for Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castaneda- Lopez.

In addition to his work priorities, Shannon is very involved in the community. He is currently a board member and former community outreach chair for Detroit Young Professionals (DYP), an organization that seeks to develop an informed, engaged and empowered network of young professionals in the Metro-Detroit region through professional development and community engagement programming. In DYP, he spearheaded the #DetroitYouthVote initiative, which focused on educating and engaging millennial voters in the local voting process. He is also a board member for Black Family Development, Inc., a private, non-profit comprehensive family counseling agency;   a board member for Water Access Volunteer Effort which provides income  assistance to low-income families by ensuring uninterrupted access to safe drinking water and sanitation services; and a board member for TechTown Detroit, the city’s most established business accelerator and incubator for entrepreneurs, where he has helped to structure millions in investments to further support the small business ecosystem which is the leading area for growth for Detroit.

Additionally, Shannon served on the Development Area Citizens Advisory Council for the Detroit Pistons, advising on catalyst development in Detroit, such as the Detroit Pistons’ move to Downtown Detroit, and the Hudson site redevelopment project and is also on the City of Detroit’s Income Tax Board of Review.

For his work and community efforts, Shannon has been recognized by Business Insider in the publication’s 2014 feature 14 People Who Are Changing the Face of Detroit and was also recognized as a Crain’s Detroit Business 2015 Twenty in their 20s honoree.




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