Lisa J. Shannon is a human rights activist, writer, and speaker. In 2005 she founded Run for Congo Women, the first national grassroots campaign in the United States working to raise awareness of the forgotten humanitarian crisis in Congo. Since then, she has spearheaded multiple major media and human rights campaigns for Congo and Somalia. She was a 2012–2013 Gleitsman fellow with Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership and is a 2013–2014 fellow with Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. Shannon holds a master’s in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School and an honorary doctorate from Georgetown. She is the author of the award-winning A Thousand Sisters and has been featured countless places, including Oprah, the New York Times, the Economist, and NPR’s Morning Edition. In 2010 she was named one of the hundred most influential women on the planet by O, The Oprah Magazine. She lives in Portland, Oregon.