Sheena brings over a decade of experience working at the intersection of arts and social justice as an accomplished artist-activist and effective non-profit leader. She is excited to bring her passion for building power in marginalized communities and communities of color to her role as Campaigns Director at Organize Florida.
Most recently, Sheena served as a Program Officer with the Akonadi Foundation in Oakland, CA strengthening its racial justice movement building efforts. Her grantmaking focused on critical racial justice organizing issues including investing in arts and culture to shift hearts and minds; multiracial movement building; Black-led organizing; immigrant rights; Women and LGBT+ of color leadership development; organizing against the prison industrial complex; resilience and healing based organizing; and examining issues of race and displacement.
Prior to the Akonadi Foundation Sheena worked with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in Menlo Park, CA as its Performing Arts Fellow focused on grantee capacity building and advancing cultural equity. During her 11 years living in the SF Bay Area Sheena also ran her own dance company and has received numerous artist grants and commissions including the Leeway Foundation’s Art & Change Grant. Sheena holds a BA from Swarthmore College in political science and peace and conflict studies, and a MFA from Mills College in dance emphasis choreography.