Shameika Hanson grew up in Huntington Station, Long Island, NY. She obtained an Associate’s degree from Nassau Community College in Communications, with a focus on interpersonal relationship skills, in 2010. Subsequently, she attended Stony Brook University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Humanities in May 2014.Shameika has worked in various fields since the age of 16, and has interned for former Town of Huntington councilwoman, Glenda A. Jackson; Huntington’s director of sustainability, Terese M. Kinsley; and Suffolk County 18th District legislator, Dr. William R. Spencer. She has volunteered as an organizer for the Town of Huntington’s Annual Black History Month show, Target’s National Night Out in Huntington and Dr. William R. Spencer’s Annual Food Drive. She moved to the Hudson Valley to coordinate volunteers, music and events for the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc., a non-profit organization based in Beacon, NY. She split her time between Beacon and Long Island until she decided to remain in the Hudson Valley to continue her career working as a Community Organizer for a climate change organization called Mothers Out Front. She continues to work there helping to empower community members to ask engage with their local officials and decision makers around transitioning our communities to 100% clean, renewable energy.
Specialties: Effective meeting facilitation (including how to plan a meeting agenda); Strengths based leadership; Building social movements; Marshall Ganz theory of change 5 organizing methods; Just transition framework; Diversity, building a more diverse and inclusive base.