Shannon McBride

Executive Director

When she was a girl, Shannon dreamed of being a forest ranger, a shepherd of all things wild. She volunteered with programs emphasizing wildlife rehabilitation and education, studied botany and zoology, sought opportunities for studying wildlife management and cultural ecology, and eventually spent time in the southeastern United States researching Pueblo and Apache relationships to place.  Along the way, the idea of working for the U.S. Forest Service lost its luster, but her love of the wild had not.  In 1995, Shannon moved to Athens to pursue a Ph.D. in Ecological Anthropology at the University of Georgia.  While earning that degree, she learned a lot about the competing interests that have a stake in the management of the natural resources in southern Appalachia, and a lot about bridging the gaps in communication between these stake holders.

Once here, Athens, Georgia became home.  Shannon met her husband Billy, became a local business owner, actively volunteered on the Partners for a Prosperous Athens Entrepreneurial sub-committee, helped found a local food policy council, sat on the board of P.L.A.C.E. (Promoting Local Agriculture and Cultural Experiences), and was a member of Athens Small Business Target Group.  In recent years, she has played a vital role in helping local farmers establish themselves at the Bishop Park and West Broad Farmers markets and the St. Mary’s produce stand.

An alum of the Coyote program herself, Shannon brings to Wild Intelligence a fervent desire to assist people gain great insights through meaningful encounters with the natural world, and a unique blend of academic research skills, business acumen, and community engagement.

Shannon and Billy live in Athens, but also have a small farm in Winterville, along with a menagerie of dogs, cats, geese and chickens.  Books, baking, yoga, and playing in the dirt are among her many passions.