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Shahanna McKinney Baldon


Born and raised in Wisconsin, USA, Shahanna McKinney Baldon is a former classroom teacher who has served in educational leadership roles in Jewish settings including synagogue Education Director and Jewish federation high school program director; and in public school settings as Advanced Academic Programs Director, Family and Community Engagement Director, and Chief Diversity Officer for large public school districts.

Shahanna's Jewish diversity education and advocacy work has taken many forms: she coordinated the Jewish Multiracial Network family retreat for several years, curated a 2001 museum exhibit on Black Jews, participated in the early years of the Bechol Lashon Think Tank, has taught college courses on Jewish diversity, and has worked with Jewish organizations on college campuses to build intergroup social justice coalitions. She was recently named to lead the work of establishing a future vision for the historic Alliance of Black Jews organization.

Shahanna holds a Bachelor's degree in Hebrew and Communications Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master's degree in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is also a proud graduate of Hillel Academy, Milwaukee Jewish Community High School, Hebrew University's Rothberg School for Overseas Students, and the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. Shahanna lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her partner and two children.