Our trainings break down common barriers on an individual’s path to politics, build practical skills, and engage participants in preparing their personal story for running for political office.

Campaign Planning & Coaching

Politics doesn’t have to be a complicated machine to be successful. With a style that’s energizing and interactive, SMG Strategies can help you demystify your campaign and lead a political life.

Civic Engagement Strategies

Nonprofits, businesses, social service agencies, and unions are impacted by decisions made by government at all levels. We can help you participate in legal and practical ways.

"Shannon guided me through every step of the intimidating process of running for office. From fundraising to personal storytelling, Shannon was knowledgeable and supportive... She was a powerful asset to our campaign."

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Meet Shannon Garrett

Shannon Garrett is the Founder and President of SMG Strategies. Her dedication to creating a more active and diverse democracy has led her to work with numerous organizations on a national level. Much of her 20-year career was spent in Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis, MN, before returning home to West Michigan in 2007. Learn more.