The Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris – Director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry
The Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris is the Director of the Children’s Defense Fund’s Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry and guides other aspects of CDF’s partnership with the faith community. Shannon’s work includes speaking, preaching, leading workshops, and consulting with religious groups from the national to the local level. She leads women’s spiritual retreats for CDF and writes resources for the faith community including the annual multi-faith National Observance of Children’s Sabbath manual.
Shannon has served the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) for over 22 years in various capacities. While serving as CDF’s Director of Religious Affairs, she created the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths in 1992 and launched the Proctor Institute for Child Advocacy Ministry in 1995.
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Shannon’s many publications include Our Day to End Poverty: 24 Ways You Can Make a Difference (with Jeffrey Keenan, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2007), A Child Advocate’s Concordance to the Holy Bible, Holding Children in Prayer: An Advent Devotional Guide, Justice and Only Justice Shall You Pursue: Answering God’s Call to Protect Children, and Welcome the Child: A Child Advocacy Guide for Churches (with Kathleen A. Guy). She edited Thus Far on the Way: Toward a Theology of Child Advocacy by the Rev. Dr. Eileen W. Lindner (Witherspoon Press, 2006) and was a contributor to Hope for Children in Poverty: Profiles and Possibilities (Ronald J. Sider and Heidi Unruh, editors. Judson Press, 2007), Prayers for a New Social Awakening (Chris Iosso, ed., Westminster John Knox Press, 2008), and Preaching God’s Transforming Justice: A Lectionary Commentary (Westminster John Knox Press, 2011). She is also a contributor to the upcoming three-volume series Feasting On the Gospels (Westminster John Knox Press).
Shannon began her professional life as a teacher at a school for children with learning disabilities in Trenton, N.J., and then tutored children and adults in neighborhoods most affected by the Troubles in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She graduated from Brown University and earned her Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. She is an ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Shannon is married to Sam Daley-Harris, founder of two international advocacy organizations on ending global poverty, RESULTS and the Microcredit Summit Campaign. They are the parents of Micah, age fourteen, and Sophie, age eleven. They divide their time between Princeton, N.J., where they make their home, and Washington, D.C. and other parts of the country and world where their work calls them.