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Shaka Mitchell  

Senior Fellow
American Federation for Children
Nashville, TN


Shaka Mitchell currently serves as a Senior Fellow 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. He is an alumnus of Belmont University where he teaches American Government and Constitutional Law as an adjunct faculty member. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the Wake Forest University School of Law where he sits on the Board of Advisors for the Journal of Law and Policy. Shaka is a co-founder of, a non-profit committed to providing scholarships to bone marrow donors who are matches for patients with various blood diseases. Shaka is the Chair of the Tennessee State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and an elder at the Trinity Church of Nashville. Shaka is a Fellow of the Civil Society Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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