May 21, 2020
Koya is delighted to announce the placement of Sheena Meade as Managing Director of Clean Slate Initiative (CSI), a bipartisan national movement to automate the clearing of criminal records that block second chances for tens of millions of Americans.
Most recently, Meade served as a Criminal Justice Program Officer at Galaxy Gives, a philanthropic investment organization, where she advised grantees and helped develop and lead a Criminal Justice Fellowship program to help grantees hone professional skills to build stronger, more impactful organizations.
As Director of Strategic Partnerships at Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) and as Senior Advisor to the Second Chances Florida Campaign, Meade developed the basic blueprints for fundraising, events, and grassroots organizing that helped win a landmark referendum to restore for voting rights to 1.4 million disenfranchised people. Over the past two years, Meade has also managed and led the implementation of large-scale voter outreach programs, spearheaded FRRC’s advocacy program and events, and trained hundreds of new activists to educate their communities and engage their neighbors on criminal justice reform issues.
Before contributing to FRRC’s historic campaign, Meade led coordinated advocacy and legislative work for the Florida AFL CIO’s Labor Council, a federation of over 500 local unions. Her efforts led to important victories, including preserving state employee’s pensions and increased funding for public education. She also founded the Florida Young Workers AFL-CIO, serving as its first chair and organizing the first statewide phone bank using predictive dialer technology that enabled rank and file union leaders to better mobilize their members.
While serving as interim Deputy Director at Bread for the World (BFTW), Meade developed multi-state strategies to engage those most impacted by hunger and poverty by examining root causes like mass incarceration, immigration, and systemic racism.
Read the press release: Clean Slate Initiative Welcomes Managing Director and Expanded Group of Funders.