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Posted: October 17, 2017

New Head of APS Education Foundation Named

Shannon Barnhill, who once served as a member of the Foundation team, will now be its executive director.

Shannon Barnhill, who spent two years as a fundraiser and development specialist for the Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation, will take the helm of the non-profit organization that has pumped more than a million dollars into APS schools and classrooms. 

Barnhill was selected as executive director of the Foundation by a committee that included Superintendent Raquel Reedy and members of the Foundation’s board of directors. She will step into her new APS role on Oct. 30, replacing Phill Casaus, who left the Foundation in September to become editor of the Santa Fe New Mexican.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shannon back to APS to continue the work of the Foundation,” Supt. Reedy said. “Her deep roots in this community and her strong ties to the district will prove beneficial as she advocates on behalf of our students, teachers and schools.”

During her time with APS, Barnhill planned and coordinated a variety of events and fundraisers and recruited donors and volunteers for the Foundation, a nationally ranked non-profit organization established for promoting private support of the district and its students.

“As a past member of the APS Education Foundation team, I have experienced firsthand the impact it has on the students and teachers of the community,” she said. “It has always been near and dear to my heart, and I have been impressed to see the continued innovation of the Foundation’s programs, the increased donor base and the overwhelming increase in the disbursement of grant funding to schools.”

Barnhill has nearly 30 years of experience in non-profit management. She was an event and business owner for more than 14 years and has extensive experience working with a variety of diverse groups, volunteer committees, boards of directors, organization staff, sponsors and donors. Her resume includes stints with the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Albuquerque Film Office, the Girl Scouts and Special Olympics. She also is a longtime member of the Junior League of Albuquerque.