Media Resources

Point of Contact

For media requests or inquiries about the Military Family Advisory Network, please contact:

Derek Doyle, Associate Director of Government and Public Affairs | 202-821-4195 ext. 114

About MFAN

The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) is the authentic voice of the modern military family and the bridge that connects military families to the resources, people, and information they depend on to successfully navigate all phases of military life.


Shannon Razsadin

Shannon Razsadin is an active-duty Navy spouse, mom, and the executive director of MFAN. Shannon’s leadership, authenticity, fresh approach, and emphasis on collaboration have set MFAN apart as an organization focused on making an impact and as a trusted conduit to military families globally.

Under Shannon’s leadership, MFAN has become the premier nonprofit leader in a crowded and sometimes confusing network of military and veteran service organizations.

Shannon and the organization’s advisory board have deep relationships and much experience with community, state, and federal leaders; national nonprofit and for-profit organizations; and community service providers. She was recently selected through a competitive process to serve as one of three civilian advisors on the Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council. She is regularly called on by national and local media outlets, including CBS, CNN, and Fox, to weigh in on military-related topics.

Shannon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Merrimack College and a master’s in higher education/higher education administration from The George Washington University. Download Shannon’s official portrait.

Data and research

Research is the cornerstone of MFAN’s work, ensuring that data drives much of the organization’s decision-making.

We use our research and subject matter expertise to inform members of the press, policymakers, Pentagon officials, and advocacy and education organizations on the matters valued most by military and veteran families.

MFAN’s research is unique because we learn from the stories and lived experiences of military family members through a rigorous, highly qualitative design.

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1 Million Meals Behind the Scenes

No military family should have to worry where their next meal is coming from. But for too many, that’s the reality. In 2021, we distributed 1 million meals to military families in need. Take a behind the scenes look at one of our food events in Norfolk, Virginia. Visit to learn more.

In the News

MFAN’s work has been covered in national and local print, broadcast, and digital news. Whether we’re discussing our latest research, introducing the public to the modern military family, or weighing in on military families’ lifestyle, we’re committed to responsibly representing military families based on what we find in our research and what we experience firsthand.


CBS Evening News: 1 Million Meals Challenge

CBS Evening News profiles MFAN’s research on food insecurity among military families and our efforts to prevent it.

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NPR: Military Families In Privatized Housing ‘Afraid To Come Forward,’ Survey Says

NPR reports on the dangers in private military housing for thousands of service members’ families, according to the Military Family Advisory Network’s 2019 survey.

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MFAN Launches 2021 Military Family Support Programming Survey

The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) has launched the latest iteration of its biennial Military Family Support Programming Survey, a national study that has helped shape the narrative around military life.

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