Alexandria Shannon is the President of Funding Portal Inc. A leader in powering the grants and incentives administration and application processes of private and public sector organizations through AI and machine learning.
Prior to joining the financial technology sector, Alexandria was Director of Government Products at Torstar. She grew her QP Briefing team to be the largest bureau at Queen’s Park before acquiring Ottawa based publication, iPolitics. Both publications are still regarded as dispassionate resources for members of the public service, elected officials, associations and public affairs firms. During her tenure, she managed 16 direct reports. Her team of data analysts, account executives and journalists helped drive the businesses to reach a 44% profitability milestone in under 2 years.
She holds a B.A in Political Science &International Relations, specializing in EU economic policy and a post-grad from Stanford in Statistical Analysis. Alexandria values the power of data to inform decision making above all else.
A member of PAAC since 2015, Alexandria volunteered as a member of the national events committee before a successful run for VP of the Ontario Chapter, in its inaugural year. Alexandria got her start in GR as a corporate affairs associate within a highly regulated industry. She has worked in Brussels, Toronto, Vancouver and Ottawa holding government relations, policy analyst and executive positions.
As a leader, Alexandria defines the vision and mission for her teams. Her leadership is defined by agility, accountability and commitment to innovation.
In her personal life, Alexandria is a life-long basketball fan, often referencing the sport as an example of what can be accomplished when teams communicate effectively, build trust and work toward shared goals.