Shannon O'Brien is the co-founder and executive director of Children's Resources, Inc. Through her work with the organization over the past twenty years, Shannon has worked with families to provide educational programs on emotional intelligence, bullying and academic achievement that are especially relevant to the needs of Inland Empire students.
In January 2011 the San Bernardino City Unified School District received free "Bully Proof" parent educational workshops facilitated by Shannon O'Brien and sponsored by the Verizon Foundation. In July 2012, Children's Resources collaborated with the City of Fontana and other community organizations to provide a Teen Anti-Bullying Leadership Institute for Inland Empire teens. The Institute was made possible with grant funds provided by Reach Out Youth Grantmakers Fund. More recently in 2017 and 2018 Shannon served as the Chairperson of the Sigma Gamma Rho Youth Symposium at Kaiser High School and Wayne Ruble Middle School.
From 2013 - 2014 she served on the Fontana Unified School District Board of Education. Shannon has also served on the Executive Committee of the San Bernardino County School Boards Association and was a founding Board member of the Inland Empire Association of Black School Educators.
Shannon has been recognized by Congressional, State and County representatives, and has received several highly distinguished awards:
● "Woman of the Year" Award 2018 - Assemblymember Freddie Rodriguez
● Community Honoree Award 2015 – Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
● SHERO Award 2015 - Sacred Sistahs, Inc.
● Community Service Award 2012 - Faith Temple Ministries
● Black Rose Award 2012 - San Bernardino Black Culture Foundation
● Community Partner of the Year Award 2010 - SBCUSD Black Educational Employees Association
Shannon O'Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Howard University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the Graduate Center of Public Policy and Administration at California State University, Long Beach. She has been married to her college sweetheart, Jason O’Brien, Sr. for twenty-six years, and they have a son, Jason, Jr., who is a graduate of Ashworth College.