Shannon Feaster serves as Deputy Executive Director of the President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition. The President's Council advises the President of the United States through the Secretary of Health and Human Services on national programs, partnerships and initiatives to advance the mission of the Council. Ms. Feaster oversees the development, administration and coordination of personnel, financial and management activities.
Ms. Feaster previously served as Deputy Director of the Division of External Affairs at the Bureau of Health Workforce (BHW) within the Health Resources and Services Administration from November 2014 through November 2016. BHW provides over $1 billion in grants, scholarships, and loan repayment to strengthen the health workforce and connect skilled professionals to communities in need.
In May 2010, Ms. Feaster originally joined the President’s Council as Director of Communications and Public Affairs. In that role she oversaw the Council’s strategic external engagement activities, as well as a multi-million dollar marketing contract to rebrand the Council and promote its expanded mission to include nutrition.
Between 2005 and 2011, Ms. Feaster was Commissioner of the Women’s Professional Racquetball Organization where she facilitated professional tournaments across the U.S. and abroad, secured sponsorships, and promoted appearances for the top female racquetball players in the world from over 30 countries.
Ms. Feaster previously served as the Director of Communications for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In that role, she was responsible for developing national public awareness initiatives in collaboration with security, media and other key stakeholders to promote the health and safety of all Americans.
Ms. Feaster started her career as a political guest booker and field producer for a national cable news outlet. She received a B.A. in Mass Communications from Howard University and a M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.