On December 8, 2016, Shannon Sneed was sworn in as Baltimore City Councilwoman for District 13, representing Armstead Gardens, Belair-Edison, Berea, Butchers Hill, Ellwood Park, McElderry Park, Middle East, Orangeville, and Washington Hill.
On the Council, Shannon is a fierce advocate for the residents of District 13. She stands up for transparency and fairness in city government, and fights for policies that protect the hard-working men and women of Baltimore City.
A voice for the voiceless
Shannon has dedicated her career to being a voice for those who are unable to speak for themselves. After earning a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a master’s degree in Communication Management from Morgan State University, Shannon worked as an assignment editor and producer for Baltimore’s Fox45 and WJZ Channel 13.
In these roles, Shannon saw firsthand what was happening on the streets of Baltimore – both the good and the bad – and began advocating for people by telling their stories. As a professor at Coppin State, she empowered her students through the art of public speaking and became a fierce proponent of the importance of public higher education in Baltimore.
Called to serve
In 2011, Shannon ran for City Council and launched the most successful write-in grassroots campaign in Baltimore City history, a campaign described as a “David and Goliath” race. Shannon personally knocked thousands of doors and came up only 43 votes shy of winning.
After hearing the stories of so many District 13 residents, she was inspired to leave the broadcast world and dedicate her life to serving her community. Shannon joined the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development and worked with people across Baltimore to help them find jobs. She then went on to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters to recruit mentors to work with Baltimore’s youth.
In 2016, Shannon ran again to represent District 13 on the Baltimore City Council, defeated a two-time incumbent, and made the commitment to be a full-time councilperson and advocate for the people of Baltimore. As Councilwoman, Shannon has fought to pass legislation that will create jobs and protect hard working families.
Fighting for working families
Shannon’s first piece of legislation was the Displaced Service Workers Protection Act, which gives city janitorial, security, building maintenance, and food preparation employees 90 days to get their affairs in order if their contract is not renewed. Later, she introduced a bill requiring all top officials in Baltimore’s government to live in the city, in order to help secure local talent and keep tax dollars in Baltimore.
Shannon then fought to expand lactation accommodations so that working moms don’t have to choose between the health of their baby or their career. She expanded the ability of the Community Relations Commission to investigate workplace discrimination and co-sponsored the bill to raise the minimum wage to $15.
Recently, Shannon sought to eliminate obstacles for qualified job-seekers by introducing a bill to end marijuana testing for many Baltimore City jobs and she co-sponsored a bill to allow victims of police brutality to speak their truth and heal from past trauma.
Leadership for all of Baltimore
Every member of Shannon’s legislative office lives in District 13. They regularly walk the alleys, plan neighborhood cleanups, and attend community events. She has an open-door policy and sits down with every constituent and business owner who wants to talk about how to improve our city. Shannon understands that trust is built upon relationships, and is committed to being a voice for every neighborhood in Baltimore.
Shannon attends weekly community meetings across Baltimore and knows when City Council policies are working for the people of Baltimore — and when they’re not.
Shannon and her husband Ramond live in Ellwood Park with their three-year-old daughter, Rae.