Shawna McNamara

Shawna's Territory

Shawna McNamara

Regional Agent

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Shawna is the TCA team member that serves the South, Central, and West regions. She is committed to helping campuses book quality inclusive programming that is entertaining and educational. With a passion for social justice, Shawna always keeps her eye out for programming that can create change on campuses with engaging and affective material. As part of the LGBTQIA+ community and with her knowledge gained from her work as an activist, she brings a unique perspective to this team by focusing on the diversity of the roster and being mindful of representation in as many diverse communities as possible.

As a Minnesota native and graduate of the University of Minnesota, she is proud to call this Northern part of the Midwest her home. Shawna has learned that what keeps her heart full is to continually learn, be challenged, and to experience new and diverse things. With a variety of interests, outside of work you will find her all over the Twin Cities dancing, making art, volunteering her time as a board member for a local non-profit, exploring new activities, or traveling to new places of the world.

When I was young, I wanted to be:

Favorite food:

Favorite movie:
Moulin Rouge - Nicole Kidman, music, and burlesque dancing? Yes, please.

Favorite CD/Album:
Top 5:
Jewel - Pieces of You
Sam Smith - In The Lonely Hour
Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
Ludacris – Back For The First Time
Spice Girls - Spice, because who doesn’t want to be reminded of their childhood?

Favorite subject in school:

Favorite book:
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
“A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer
“Bi Notes For a Bisexual Revolution” by Shiri Eisner

Favorite TV show:
Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, Orange Is the New Black, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Favorite sport:
Gymnastics, Track, and Dance

Describe your perfect day:
A perfect day would be exploring a new city or area with a travel buddy. We’d start the day with an early buffet brunch to get us energized for a long day of adventure. Then we’d find some sort of activity such as zip lining, sky diving, hiking, or something on the same active level. Afterward we would slow it down by walking the city where we would explore the attractions, learn about the culture, enjoy local café’s, and buy fun things at boutiques (probably a pair or two of heels). In the afternoon we would dress up for dinner and go out for a night on the town where we see a show, explore unique venues, and/or go dancing. Sampling local food, wine, and cocktails would be necessary until we throw in the towel for the end of my perfect day.

Alma mater:
University of Minnesota

Proudest Accomplishment or Award:
When I was a store manager at Aldo Shoes, I led my team to #1 company rankings in the world, shattering our sales goals each year. These accomplishments landed me a variety of awards, including “Best Sales Increase”, “Productivity”, and “Rookie of the Year”. In 2012 I earned the title as Aldo’s Club Elite “Best in the World” for management.

Why do you like your job?
I like my job because I have the opportunity to work with many different personalities, which keeps me on my toes. What makes my heart full is when a campus has a successful show, especially when I know the artist left the students with material to help them grow. Don’t get me wrong, I love a successful event even when selling items like our Stuff A Stuff programs too, but nothing makes me sleep better at night than when I know students were entertained with inclusive and engaging artists that sparked a ripple affect of change.

If you think of the MN version of The Brady Bunch, and then add in a splash of chaos, that would be my family. I come from a blended family of 9 with 3 sisters and 5 brothers, with a 21 year age gap from oldest to youngest. So basically I can handle anything you throw at me. I also have 4 nieces and 2 nephews, one niece is pretty much a clone of myself. In 2007 I welcomed my cat, Mocha, to my home. He’s trained to sit and is as large as a medium sized dog. Sometimes I wonder if he knows that he’s not actually a dog (although, who am I to limit how he identifies?). Sometimes I shave him like a lion just to confuse people.