Michele Holt-Shannon

Co-Director, NH Listens


Michele Holt-Shannon is a co-founder and co-director for New Hampshire Listens at the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy. Her work on and off campus is focused on civic engagement, community problem-solving, and building coalitions for community change efforts. She joined Carsey in 2011 to focus on process design to ensure fair, inclusive, and informed outcomes for local and statewide projects. She works to bring people together across perspectives and backgrounds to solve problems and create equitable solutions for their communities. Recent projects include statewide conversations on the American dream and NH’s kids, mental health and substance use, government innovation and efficiency, and water sustainability. She works with local leaders to strengthen community engagement through community building traditions, events to increase civic information, and problem solving on a variety of issues including education, controversial budget investments, planning, and community police relations.

She received an MA in higher education and human development from Bowling Green State University, an MTS in world religions and theological studies from Boston College, and a BS in biology and psychology from the University of Alabama. She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, Class of 2013.