Shannon Brown Joseph
Shannon Joseph

Shannon Brown Joseph

Senior Consultant

Health Management Associates

New Orleans, LA

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Shannon Brown Joseph is a dynamic and accomplished workforce development liaison with experience in federal and state funded programs, diversity initiatives, and programmatic development. Shannon incorporates diversity initiatives, strategic partnerships, policy development and programmatic design into talent pipeline creation.

She is a recognized thought leader, presenting industry best practices for education, training and work-based learning to national audiences. Her expertise allows her to support the development of registered apprenticeships and customized talent training for in-demand positions, meeting organizations’ strategic objectives.

Before joining Health Management Associates, Shannon was national director of nursing workforce pipeline for Ascension Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States. Shannon directed nursing and nursing support workforce development programs for the system, supporting more than 150,000 employees and 2,600 sites of care, including 142 hospitals, nationwide.

Shannon previously served as director of workforce development at Ochsner Health. Here, she led her team to not only increase their initiatives by over 500 percent but also implemented the initiatives throughout the system’s entire footprint. Within three years, Shannon connected more than 2,000 individuals to education, training and job placement. She accomplished this via resource acquisition efforts throughout her tenure, valued at more than $7 million.

In addition to her health system experience, Shannon has worked in workforce development with state agencies. Receiving an appointment as assistant secretary of labor in Louisiana, Shannon oversaw all of the Louisiana Workforce Commission’s (LWC) workforce development programs. She was responsible for the statewide network of American Job Centers, Business Services, Incumbent Worker Training, Apprenticeship, Veterans’ Services, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, Rapid Response, Labor Programs and state administration of the Community Services Block Grant programs.

Prior to her appointment, Shannon served the LWC as industry sector coordinator, where she successfully established a major partnership within the healthcare sector. This partnership continues to provide medical training and employment opportunities for long-term unemployed citizens. Another partnership Shannon developed with Delgado Community College ensures intensive services for eligible veterans and their spouses, specifically veterans who are homeless, disabled, low-income, re-entering society following incarceration, recently discharged from the military or lacking a high school diploma.  As part of the program, full-time Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialists were strategically placed on campus for student assistance. Shannon also convened the first cross-sector partnership in the state of Louisiana between the education and industry sectors. This collaboration led to standardized allied health training between all community colleges statewide.

Shannon earned her Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Loyola University in New Orleans. She is certified in diversity, equity, and inclusion by the University of South Florida and in workforce development by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Shannon is a fellow in the William K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership and Community Engagement Fellowship, and she has previously been a fellow in the Louisiana Institute of Politics. She is currently pursuing her doctorate degree in leadership from Liberty University.

Outside of the office, Shannon lends her experience and skills to several nonprofit organizations. She currently serves on the board of directors with of the Arc of Greater New Orleans, Algiers Economic, New Orleans Career Center and Clover. Shannon works with Goodwill Industries Technical and Training, is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and sits on advisory boards for Next Level Nola and the National Youth Employment Coalition Steering Committee for New Orleans and Los Angeles. In her travels, she enjoys visiting museums and learning new languages.