A seasoned organizer, campaigner and advocate, Sheena Meade’s calling is to transform pain into power. As a mother and an activist, Sheena knows firsthand that the communities most impacted by injustice are closest to the solutions. This truth has been a driving force behind her career in organizing, philanthropy and nonprofits. Sheena is the first Executive Director of the Clean Slate Initiative, a national bipartisan coalition advancing policies to automatically clear all eligible criminal records across the United States. Sheena brings an enormous wealth of personal and professional experience to this role, and is deeply committed to ensuring that the individuals, families and communities most impacted by the justice system remain at the center of the reform movement. Prior to joining the Clean Slate Initiative, Sheena helped restore voting rights to 1.4 million people experiencing felony disenfranchisement as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the bipartisan Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and Senior Advisor to the Second Chances Florida Campaign. Sheena helped build FRRC alongside her husband, Desmond Meade, growing the organization from its earliest stage as an email listserv to an active membership organization with more than 20 chapters and thousands of members across the state of Florida. Sheena currently serves on the Advisory Board at the Public Welfare Foundation and the Policing Project NYU School of Law. Sheena also serves on the board and development committee for the Florida Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Sheena and her husband Desmond Meade are proud parents to five children and active members of their church and community.
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