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Shannon Jaccard is the chief executive officer of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) San Diego, an organization dedicated to the lives of individuals affected by mental illness and their family members. Shannon is also a co-founder and CEO of Ballast Health, a corporation to provide coaching to family members and persons with a mental illness. Shannon serves on several board of directors including the international organization, RI International and the Meeting Place Clubhouse in San Diego County. Shannon has received numerous awards and was named one of San Diego's "50 People to Watch" by San Diego Magazine. She is a published author and has started several innovative programs. In 2002, Shannon founded Compeer San Diego, a nonprofit organization to provide friendship and support to individuals with a mental illness. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, San Diego and her Masters of Business Administration from California State University, San Marcos. Shannon is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Health Innovators Program and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.