ConnPIRG Staff

Shawna Upton
Assistant Organizing Director

Shawna Upton is the Assistant Organizing Director for ConnPIRG and MASSPIRG Students, based in Amherst. Shawna got her start as a student organizer with her own MASSPIRG Chapter while she was an undergrad at UMass Amherst where she studied Sociology. She has worked on campaigns to register over 3,000 UMass students to vote, and on campaigns to Update the Bottle Bill and promote a zero-waste future. She spent her first year on full time staff as a campus organizer at UConn with ConnPIRG where she recruited and trained over 50 volunteers and coordinators and helped to register 2,500 students to vote, ban plastic water bottles on campus and declare UConn’s "Bee Safe Campus" for our campaign to save the bees.