Shannon Travis is a current undergraduate at McDaniel College, majoring in Political Science with a specialization in International Relations. Her background includes serving four years active duty in the US Army, including a 14 month deployment to Iraq as a Petroleum Supply Specialist and most recently, an eight month deployment to Afghanistan as an Army Reservist. In this capacity, her daily duties comprised key leader engagements with local Afghan leaders and government officials such as Afghan National Army officers and Afghan National Police chiefs within the greater Kabul area. Her other duties included liaising with NATO and ISAF force protection officials as a subject matter expert on insider threats. Shannon redeployed December 2014.

Prior to enlistment in the military, Shannon interned for PeaceBridge International in Kabul, Afghanistan. She taught English as a second language at Kabul University and participated in women’s development and empowerment programs. One such program included distributing loans to local women to for the creation of small businesses.