Shannon Hawkins is the Co-Founder and CEO of Alta Development Inc., a technology company focused on safe driving solutions. Prior to creating the company, she served for 11 years as the Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Community Relations for FBR & Co., a Washington-based investment bank. In that capacity, she was responsible for directing the company’s public relations, employee programs, marketing and branding and supporting investor relations. Additionally, she ran the FBR Foundation which supports employee, client and community needs through grants and other contributions. She has a wealth of experience in operations, human resources, strategic planning and budgeting, as well as business development, community relations and non-profits. Prior to joining FBR, she held senior positions at Akridge, a local real estate development company, Iconixx, a web development firm, and the Greater Washington Board of Trade, the regional chamber of commerce of the national capital region.
Ms. Hawkins has been involved with numerous school, church and charitable programs. She is on the Board of Directors for Trees for the Future, a global network seeking to alleviate poverty and improve the environment through the establishment of forest gardens in Africa. She is also a member of Leadership Washington.
She earned Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Political Science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.