Shannon Klonowski, Assistant Commissioner for Administration and Grants
Shannon Klonowski was named the department’s chief financial officer in 2020. She joined the department’s Regulatory Services Division in 2007 where she worked as auditor and accountant. Five years later, she was named Internal Auditor and later became the Fiscal and Administrative Services Coordinator.
Klonowski ensures the financial integrity of the department’s programs and services. She has an active role during legislative sessions and budget hearings where she evaluates effects of newly proposed legislation. Klonowski also serves as the liaison to the Comptroller’s office.
She also provides administrative oversight of the Commodity Distribution program, which distributes USDA surplus foods to schools and charitable organizations. And, she directs the work of the Land and Water Stewardship program, which provides federal and state financial assistance that reduces the impact of land-use activities on water quality.
Klonowski earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alma College in Alma, Michigan and graduated summa cum laude with dual majors in accounting and dance. She is a 2016 graduate of the Tennessee Government Executive Institute at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a program that included the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation.
Klonowski resides with her husband, two boys, and yellow Labrador in Mount Juliet, Tenn. They enjoy outdoor activities, gardening, home renovation projects, and theatre, music, and dance performances.