Shanan Guinn is Head of Strategy & Planning for BP America’s Communications & External Affairs team. In this role, Shanan leads a team providing issue and policy campaign support for all parts of the organization–Communications, Regulatory Affairs, External Affairs and Government Affairs–to ensure all activities are managed in a holistic approach using all tools of advocacy. She began at BP in November 2011 in U.S. Communications and spent time in the BP America Executive Office before taking on her current role in January 2014.
Shanan came to BP from the Department of Defense (DoD), where she was the Director of Travel Operations for the Secretary of Defense. She was responsible for developing travel schedules that met the policy and press objectives for the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense. Additionally, her team was responsible for all logistics and arrangements those schedules required–negotiating with foreign governments in over twenty-five countries.
Prior to her time at DoD she has had a variety of positions in and out of government working as Communications Director for the Congressional Oversight Panel on T.A.R.P, Chief of Staff to Congresswoman Nancy Boyda of Kansas, the John Kerry for President Campaign and in account management for PR firm Jasculca/Terman and Associates. Shanan got her start working in press advance for the Clinton Administration.
In 2016 Shanan was selected for the second cohort of Presidential Leadership Scholars–a unique leadership program run by the Presidential Centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton and George W. Bush. The second cohort of 61 scholars was selected during a rigorous process that began with more than 600 applications. Scholars were selected based on their leadership growth potential and the strength of their personal leadership projects aimed at improving the civic or social good by addressing a problem or need in a community, profession, or organization.
She is a graduate of George Washington University and received her law degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the board of Atlas Corps, an organization that develops leaders and promotes innovation through an overseas fellowship of skilled social change professionals.
She lives in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in Washington, D.C.
Admitted to the Kansas Bar 4/06
Admitted to the District of Columbia Bar 4/07
Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service 2009