With diverse interests in sociology, bioethics, wealth management, and global health, California native Kelly Shanahan has gained education and knowledge on all fronts. As Research Coordinator at Stanford University’s Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society, she worked on a project gauging pharmaceutical companies’ impact on Third World countries. At Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California, Kelly Shanahan served as a Research Intern in the study of various marine snail populations to assess global-warming severity. She also acted as a Research-Analyst Intern at Capital World Investors in Los Angeles, where she researched the biomedical industry and made investment recommendations based on her findings.
As an intern for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, Kelly Shanahan assisted in the general litigation and homicide areas. In a paying position, she acted as Corporate Case Assistant at the Palo Alto office of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, a global law firm. Although Shanahan scored 168 on her LSAT (Law School Admission Test), placing her in the 96th percentile, she does not envision a career in law, drawn more to the biosciences, social inequality, and wealth-management and investments sectors. In other positions, she worked in sales and customer service at Rugby Ralph Lauren and lululemon athletica in Palo Alto.
Philanthropic by nature, Kelly Shanahan serves as Chief Financial Officer of Delivering Hope, Inc., which provides American-hospital medical supplies to maternity wards in Third World countries. While earning a B.A. in Human Biology at Stanford University, she oversaw efforts that raised more than $12,000 for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. She also volunteered for over a year at Kids With Dreams, teaching children with mental and/or physical disabilities to ice skate. An equestrian competitor nationally in hunter/jumpers as well as three-day events, Kelly Shanahan also enjoys scuba diving, following football, and advocating animal rights. She completed an M.A. in Sociology at Stanford University in 2011.
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