Shaka Mitchell  

Tennessee State Director  

American Federation for Children  

Nashville, TN 


Shaka Mitchell currently serves as Tennessee State director for American Federation for Children, an organization headquartered in D.C. that advocates for school choice from K-12. Previously, as regional director of Rocketship, Shaka led the opening of the two largest charter schools in Nashville’s history that currently serve 1K students on two campuses. As director of external affairs with LEAD Public Schools, Shaka served as a member of the senior leadership team where he led efforts to secure more $2M+ in private philanthropy for the charter school management organization. Shaka is an adjunct professor in political science at Belmont University and serves as chair of the Tennessee State Advisory Council for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He is a member of the Litigation Advisory Council for Beacon Center of TN, an organization dedicated to providing expert empirical research and timely free market solutions to public policy issues. He is an elder at the Trinity Church of Nashville. Shaka is a Fellow of the third class of the Civil Society Fellowship, a Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.