Shannon Meade is the executive director of Littler’s Workplace Policy Institute (WPI), where she advocates on behalf of the firm’s clients on legislative and regulatory issues before the Administration, the U.S. Congress and federal and state agencies. Shannon is a highly seasoned government affairs professional with an acute political acumen. With nearly two decades of experience working in senior roles on Capitol Hill and the private sector for prominent trade groups, she is adept at shaping public policy debates and developing strategic advocacy campaigns to advance legislative and regulatory priority issues. Her deep policy experience and vast network of contacts and relationships in Washington D.C. and across the nation uniquely equip her to advocate effectively on behalf of the firm’s clients. Over the last several years, she has been at the forefront of major labor and employment policy debates and has, more recently, led successful COVID-19 relief efforts for the hospitality industry.
Additionally, Shannon is the executive director of the Emma Coalition, a WPI “future of work” initiative taking a prominent advocacy role in the growing fields of artificial intelligence, automation, robotics, and the gig economy; and the resulting effects of “technology-induced displacement of employees” (TIDE) in the workforce and workplace. The Coalition is actively engaged in policy development with key stakeholders and advocacy efforts with key lawmakers at both the federal and state levels of government.
Prior to joining Littler, Shannon served as the vice president of public policy and legal advocacy for the National Restaurant Association, the leading business association for the restaurant and foodservice industry. She also served as the deputy director of the Restaurant Law Center, the legal arm of the Association, overseeing the planning and strategy of litigation and compliance assistance for its members. She also worked extensively with the Association’s Educational Foundation on workforce development programs in the areas of apprenticeship and second-chance hiring to secure federal funding for its programs.
Previously, Shannon worked as a senior policy advisor at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she was engaged in legislative and regulatory matters impacting the business community. She also served as chief of staff and legislative director to Congresswoman Kay Granger of Texas and as legislative counsel on the U.S. House Government Reform Committee to former members of Congress Jon Porter of Nevada and Tom Davis of Virginia.