About Shannon Lee Gilstad

I live in Bronx, New York and have lived in the New York City metropolitan area for most of my life. I have lived in three of the four boroughs and have worked in all except Staten Island. Many are surprised to learn that I lived in Bogotá, Colombia and am bilingual in Spanish. In addition to living in Colombia, I’ve traveled to 14 countries—and counting! You can take a look at some of my adventures captured on my photography page.

Academically, I come from a strong background in social science. I hold a Bachelor of the Arts in Sociology from Herbert H. Lehman College, with a minor in Latin American Studies, and an Masters of Science in Urban Affairs from Hunter College. At Lehman I was Vice-President of the Sociology Club senior year, as well as being inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Since May 2015, I’ve served as Development Associate at East Side House Settlement in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx.

Things I am passionate about:

  • The Bronx and New York City
  • Activism
  • Social Media
  • Travel
  • Community Development
  • Non-profit work
  • Photography