Shannon Watson received her B.A. in government from William & Mary in 1989 and went on to earn her M.A. in public policy from Georgetown in 1995. She lives in Virginia and serves as the senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Transportation; previously she worked in legislative affairs and served as the legislative correspondent for Senator John Glenn for ten years. Shannon is a former president of the W&M DC/Northern Virginia Alumni Chapter, and has served on her 20th and 25th reunion gift committees.