Shantha Ready Alonso

Shantha did her undergraduate work at the University of Notre Dame, where she developed a strong interest in the role of faith communities in creating social change. She studied in Chile and led fellow students in learning about Latin American theologies through Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns and a partnership with Maryknoll Missionaries. After college, she did congregation-based community organizing with PICO (People Improving Communities through Organizing) in Southern California, Metropolitan Congregations United in St. Louis, and the Gamaliel Foundation. Shantha has a passion for working ecumenically. She worked for the National Council of Churches from 2008-2013 doing young adult, anti-poverty, and eco-justice ministries. She also served as vice chair of the World Student Christian Federation from 2008-2015. Shantha is a contributing author to For Such a Time as This: Young Adults on the Future of the Church and editor of the anthology: Towards a Global Christian Movement for Eco-Justice: Young Voices from North America. Most recently, Shantha led the community mobilization efforts of NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, the organization that created Nuns on the Bus. Shantha holds a Master of Social Work and a Master of Pastoral Studies from Washington University in St. Louis and Eden Theological Seminary.