Co-Founder & Executive Director
Shannon Farley is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Fast Forward, the first accelerator exclusively for tech nonprofits. Fast Forward provides nonprofits that leverage technology with 13 weeks of training, mentorship from tech and nonprofit leaders, and philanthropic capital. Shannon was the founding Executive Director of Spark, the world’s largest network of Millennial philanthropists. Spark has the distinction of being the only women’s organization in the world with 50% male members. Prior to joining Spark, Shannon co-founded The W. Haywood Burns Institute, a MacArthur Award-winning juvenile justice reform organization. Shannon serves as a trustee of The Whitman Institute and on the advisory council of Women Moving Millions. Shannon has been awarded the New Leader’s Council “Top 40 under 40 Award”, The Aspen Institute’s Ideas Scholar Fellowship, and The Women’s Funding Network’s Changing the Face of Philanthropy Award. Under her leadership, Spark won the 2010 Outstanding Foundation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and served in the Inaugural Congressional Conference on Philanthropy and Innovation. Shannon holds a BA in American Studies from Georgetown University and an MS in Gender and Social Policy from the London School of Economics.