Shannon Johnson


Shannon Johnson is a Partner for Blue Garnet, a social impact consulting firm, and leader of our Corporate Citizenship practice. She is a practical, but optimistic thinker with a drive to cut through complexity to get to the heart of the matter.  Shannon has strong consulting chops, with over 12 years strategy and management consulting experience for philanthropies, nonprofits and corporations. She strives to teach her clients “how to fish” while helping to solve their complex social problems and is inspired by unleashing the great potential she sees in people and organizations. Her recent projects include defining long-term strategic direction and aligning employee engagement programs for multiple corporate citizenship departments;  serving as learning and evaluation partner for a funder collaborative initiative and coaching clients on everything from articulating and measuring long-term impact to pricing social enterprise products.

Prior to joining Blue Garnet, Shannon served Fortune 500 clients as a senior management consultant in PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s Advisory practice. She investigated corporate fraud, performed litigation analysis, and improved operational efficiency and effectiveness for her clients. A life-long learner, Shannon has an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles Anderson School of Management; Masters in Public Accounting and an Honors BS in Business Administration, Accounting from the University of Washington. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.

Shannon is a wife and mother of two and enjoys thrill-seeking adventures – everything from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to running a marathon to sky diving and bungee-jumping.

Get to know Shannon
What’s your “why”?

I am very fortunate, even over-privileged, to be born into the circumstances I was. Many others, through no fault of their own, were not as lucky. I want to use my privilege and skills to even the playing field by helping to develop strategies and improve systems to be inclusive and work for all.

My top 5 Strengths: Learner, Woo, Positivity, Communication, Achiever

A movie that never gets old: “Sandlot,” “A League of Their Own” (can you tell I’m a softball player?) and “Goonies”

Go-to snack: Chocolate, always chocolate

Podcast that always gets me thinking: “Seeing White” (obvi), but I love pretty much anything from “Ted Radio Hour” and “Hidden Brain”

A quote that inspires your work: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It's not.” – from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Shannon can be reached by phone at (310) 439-1930.