Shalonda Spencer is the Advocacy Coordinator for ACLU of Mississippi, where she focuses on the affiliate’s criminal justice reform and voter rights centers of work. Prior to ACLU, Shalonda served as the Policy Coordinator for Mississippi Black Women’s Roundtable. Before returning to Mississippi, she served as a Legislative Assistant for the United States House of Representatives and as a Foreign Policy Analyst for Mennonite Central Committee in Washington, D.C. Her legislative portfolio there consisted of women rights, social justice, foreign affairs, immigration, healthcare, and education. Shalonda’s admiration for social justice and equality started when she was a graduate assistant for The Fannie Lou Hamer Institute @ COFO, where she educated local and long distance visitors on the Civil Rights Movement of Mississippi.
In 2014, she worked for the City of Jackson as Ward 4 Deputy City Clerk, coordinating civic engagement projects. Her experience organizing communities led her to become a campaign organizer for Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential run Hampton Roads, VA. While an undergraduate student, she volunteered for former President Barack Obama’s campaign.
Shalonda is graduate of Jackson State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a Master’s degree in Public Policy Administration. She is a member of Mississippi Federation of Democratic Women, Hinds County Democratic Executive Committee, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
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