Shannon Marimón was elected to the West Hartford Board of Education in November 2023 and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Board.
Shannon is the executive director of ReadyCT, which is a statewide education nonprofit seeking to advance policies and practices that equitably serve all children in Connecticut with a focus on academic excellence and career-connected learning. Shannon has worked in PK-12 and higher education for just over two decades. As a graduate of Connecticut public schools, she is committed to narrowing the state’s opportunity gaps, raising academic outcomes for all students, and better aligning our educational system with the world of work through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity-building of schools and districts.
Before stepping into her role at ReadyCT, Shannon was director of talent and operations for the CT RISE Network, responsible for establishing, advancing, and monitoring organizational goals related to student on-track achievement and college and career readiness. Prior to RISE, Shannon was division director for the Talent Office at the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE). During her five years with the CSDE, Shannon provided leadership and support to districts and schools to expand talent management systems and strategic planning efforts on behalf of the educator workforce. Shannon was also a partner and director of site launch with The New Teacher Project (TNTP) and spent seven years working in higher education with a focus on admissions, development, and study abroad programming.
Shannon holds an MBA with a focus on nonprofit and public sector management from the Yale School of Management, an M.A. in art history from Stanford University, and a B.A. in art history and Spanish literature from Dartmouth College. She resides with her husband, Michael, a professor of geology at UConn, and her two daughters who attend school in West Hartford.