Shannon McDonald

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Shannon McDonald, Commissioner

Appointed:  2017
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Shannon McDonald is a long-time resident of Lancaster.  Growing up in the Antelope Valley, she has proven that one can achieve anything one desires.  In 2003, McDonald attended the Lancaster Adult School where she received her G.E.D.  She later attended Antelope Valley College where she received her associate degree in Administration of Justice (Cum Laude). Shortly after, she attended California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB), where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology.  McDonald pursued her higher education by receiving her master’s degree in Public Policy Administration, and wrote her thesis on “Bullying and its Relationship to School-Age Suicides”, in an effort to curtail the growing instances of bullying in the country, as well as to inform others of the seriousness of bullying on- and off-school campuses.

McDonald has been a volunteer for the Lancaster School District since 2014, and has been employed with Children, Youth and Family Collaborative (CYFC), where she mentored foster youth, as well as high-risk youth within the community.  She was a keynote speaker at the Lancaster’s Foster Youth Summit, where she spoke on her own experiences as a former foster youth.

McDonald's passion for her City is uncanny.  She desires to see the growth of her community where she continues to raise her children.  She also ran for the Lancaster School District Board of Trustees in 2015.  She continues to be a motivational speaker, and works to end the homelessness problems with the Antelope Valley.

Shannon McDonald is the proud mother of four daughters and a son, and has two grandchildren.