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Shamoyia Gardiner
Education Policy Director

Shamoyia comes to Advocates for Children and Youth after serving as Family League of Baltimore’s Policy Research Analyst, where she delved into research spanning the prenatal to career spectrum and data as well as best practices to advance policy recommendations. She has a history of working on various education policy issues, by working at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the DC State Board of Education, Atlanta Public Schools, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Atlanta Civic Site.

Shamoyia is a first generation American, first generation college graduate of the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, and taught secondary science and speech and debate at an all-boys charter school in Jacksonville for several years. Those experiences have shaped her perspective on the value of high-quality education, invested community members, and the importance of paying forward good fortune. These values are manifested in how she spends her free time volunteering as a board member for The Intersection, the Director of Political Empowerment for the Greater Baltimore Leadership Association, a coordinator for A Revolutionary Summer, and as an active Baltimore Rising alumna.

In the fall of 2018, she earned a Master’s in Education Policy and Leadership from American University.  She hopes to put that degree, her appreciation for critical race theory, and an intergenerational policy lens to good use in this role.