Shan brings her passion for health equity and medical research to her work at Cancer Commons after having served American Cancer Society for twelve years in multiple capacities, from operations and regional director to grant writer for fourteen western US states, the Pacific Rim (Guam), and Africa (Kenya).
She has raised significant funding for patient navigation, community healthcare, patient transportation and patient/caregiver lodging during treatment, healthcare systems change, and medical research. Outside of the cancer space, her fundraising work has focused on responses to environmental and systemic racism.
Prior to moving into the development field, Shan studied music and worked in journalism at the University of California, Irvine. She has been the conductor of University Synagogue Choir for over twenty years and sings professionally for organizations of several different faith traditions.