Shannon McGuire recently received her Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management, from The George Washington University (GWU). For her capstone project, she conducted research on women in the U.S. Coast Guard, specifically around the issue of low retention and attrition.
Prior to MPS, she was a graduate intern at Capitol Hill Partners, a consulting firm where she worked to provide effective services and targeted advocacy on behalf of nonprofit clients. In addition, Shannon volunteered at Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a holistic cancer healing nonprofit that provides yoga, cooking, and art classes for individuals affected by cancer.
During her undergraduate years (she has a B.A. in Human Services, also from GWU), Shannon worked at several nonprofits in the Washington, DC area, taking on development and management roles. Her professional interests include health issues, poverty alleviation, social enterprises, and nonprofit development. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys playing rugby, painting pottery, and volunteering in her local community.
Brad McCandless, the newest member of MPS’ PACE Cohort 11, got his initial consulting experience at the grassroots consulting firm, 270 Strategies, in Chicago, where he worked on strategy for political and nonprofit groups.
After earning his B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Northwestern University, Brad came to DC to work at the Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategic advisory firm, where he specialized in commercial diplomacy, and at the National Democratic Institute, focusing on elections. Previously, he worked at the Council on Foreign Relations, doing research geared toward political and economic reform in the Middle East and North Africa.
At MPS, Brad is looking forward to developing strategies for clients and partners to bring about meaningful organizational change. Outside the firm, he enjoys playing squash, baseball, and all things outdoors, along with keeping up with contemporary film.
Sarah Dawn Miller holds an M.A. in International Relations with concentrations in International Economics and Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University’s School for Advanced International Studies. For her graduate thesis, she examined Golda Meir’s manipulation of the gender binary during her tenure as Prime Minister of Israel. Sarah also completed a B.A. in French, with minors in Arabic, intelligence and security studies, and theatre, from the University of Mississippi, where she studied the perceptions of Muslims, Christians, and the non-religious in Mississippi, France, and Jordan.
Prior to joining MPS, Sarah was a research analyst with CEB, where she conducted extensive research on the management of corporate accounting functions in Fortune 500 companies. Sarah enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her two cats, Nina and Professor Pip.