• Michele Holt-Shannon is director and co-founder for New Hampshire Listens at the UNH Carsey School of Public Policy. Her work on and off campus is focused on inclusive civic engagement, community problem-solving, and building coalitions for community initiated change efforts. She joined Carsey in 2011 to focus on process design to ensure fair, inclusive, and informed outcomes for local and statewide projects. She works to bring people together across perspectives and backgrounds to solve problems and create equitable solutions for their communities. Michele is consulted on navigating controversial community issues and fostering organizational and community cultures of sustainable civic engagement. Recent projects include statewide conversations on the American dream and NH’s kids, mental health and substance use, community police relations, race and equity, and water sustainability. Michele is a Senior Associate with Everyday Democracy and a 2018 Better Selves Knoll Farm Fellow. She is a graduate of Leadership New Hampshire, Class of 2013.

    She earned her MA in higher education and human development from Bowling Green State University, an MTS in world religions and theological studies from Boston College, and a BS in biology and psychology from the University of Alabama.
  • Principal Investigator On

  • Civic Health Index  awarded by Endowment for Health, Inc. 2019 - 2020
  • Civic Health Index  awarded by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 2019 - 2020
  • Berlin School Governance NMEF  awarded by Berlin Public Schools 2018 - 2020
  • Lead Poisoning  awarded by Conservation Law Foundation 2019 - 2020
  • Leadership Learning Exchange  awarded by Endowment for Health, Inc. 2019 - 2020
  • L2E2 Sector-Based Cohorts in 2019: Early Childhood Professionals and Young Professionals  awarded by Endowment for Health, Inc. 2018 - 2019
  • Design and Facilitate the Supporting Coos Youth Event on October 26, 2018  awarded by NHCF-Neil and Louise Tillotson 2018 - 2019
  • Maine: Leadership Learning Exchange for Equity  awarded by Maine Community Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • Field Hearing Innovation: Building a Digital Field Hearing in NH  awarded by Democracy Fund 2018 - 2019
  • NMEF Contract Phase IV Special Projects  awarded by Paul J Aicher Foundation 2019
  • Everyday Democracy  awarded by Paul J Aicher Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • North Country Listens  awarded by NHCF-Neil and Louise Tillotson 2017 - 2019
  • Race & Equity in NH Series Activities and Symposium 2.0  awarded by Health Strategies of NH Inc 2018 - 2019
  • Understanding our State-Equity and Dialogue  awarded by Leadership New Hampshire 2018 - 2019
  • NMEF Contract Phase IV Special Projects  awarded by Paul J Aicher Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • Support Race and Equity Coaching and Training Work with the Dover School District  awarded by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation 2018 - 2019
  • Our Stories Matter: We Matter  awarded by NH Humanities Council 2018 - 2019
  • Berlin School Governance NMEF  awarded by Berlin Public Schools 2018
  • Creative Connections  awarded by NH State Council on the Arts 2017 - 2018
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Biological&Biomedical Sci.Rel., University of Alabama
  • M.A. Higher Educ./Higher Educ.Admin, Bowling Green State University
  • M.S.T. Theology&Religious Vocations, Weston Jesuit School of Theolo
  • Full Name

  • E Michele Holt-Shannon