Shana East is a development professional and grassroots organizer living in Chicago, Illinois.
Growing up in a HUD housing project situated in one of the wealthiest communities in the country, Shana experienced income inequality firsthand. The disparity she saw between her family, neighbors and the community at large, lit a fire inside of her to fight for justice for those in need–because everyone has a right to live, regardless of their ZIP code.
Shana has extensive experience in issue-based, movement and electoral organizing. In 2018, she joined the Illinois Poor People’s Campaign and has served on their Coordinating Committee ever since. One of the most powerful moments of her life was attending the Poor People’s Campaign’s 2019 House Budget Committee hearing on poverty following the release of the Poor People’s Moral Budget.
Shana has spoken both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, and has written about some of her political experiences for Truthout. She received a BFA in Photography, Film and Electronic Media from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently seeking certification in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations from Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies.