Witnessing her own mother’s professional efforts to identify the underlying components of the education achievement gap, Shana Campbell was inspired from an early age to pursue a career devoted to helping young people achieve their academic potential. Upon graduating from Spelman College in 2010, Shana served as an AmeriCorps Member with City Year, Inc. in New Orleans, where she worked as a tutor, mentor, and role model to help students stay on track to graduation.  She discovered that being a full-time presence in the lives of these youth encouraged them to thrive and strive for excellence.  The experience solidified her conviction that political, social and economic equality are essential if our country is to move forward for all people.   

Shana’s other prior professional experience includes two years with Rocket Learning in Atlanta and Chicago, where her responsibilities included developing school and community partnerships as well as recruiting, hiring and training teachers and enrollment aides.

Also prior to her selection as a National Urban Fellow, Shana worked as Creative Director at Academic Pathways, a community-based nonprofit organization that serves students throughout New York City and lower Westchester. In that role, she developed expertise in grant writing with the goal of creating additional leadership and community opportunities for students. As a result her grant writing efforts, over 75% of the organization’s students increased their grades in all core subjects.   In addition, she has held positions with C & G Enterprises in Cambria Heights, New York, and with Sister to Sister International, Inc. in Yonkers, New York.

As a National Urban Fellow, Shana seeks to enhance her ability to effect large scale social change and become a leader in her field.