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City of San FranciscoCandidate for Member, Community College Board

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Shanell Williams

Education Development Director
191,317 votes (23.77%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Preserve accreditation for City College
  • Ensure independent oversight of voter-approved funding
  • Stop relying on cuts to balance the budget and increase enrollment revenue



Profession:Education Development Director
Education Development Director, California Student Sustainability Coalition (2016–current)
Community Engagement Specialist, Preterm Birth Initiative, UCSF (2016–current)
Director of Organizing and Research, Center for Young Women’s Development (2014–2015)
Field Organizer, David Campos for State Assembly (2014–2015)
Change Walmart Fellow, Jobs with Justice (2013–2013)
San Francisco Youth Commission, City of San Francisco — Appointed position (2003–2005)


Graduate, Emerge California (2016)
City College of San Francisco Associates Degree (A.A.), Social and Behavioral Science (2012)
Graduate, Urban Solutions Enterprising Women (2012)
Graduate, Women’s Initiative for Self Employment (2010)
Women’s Foundation of California Women’s Policy Institute Fellow (2009)

Community Activities

Vice Chair of Finance, District 5 Democratic Club (2015–current)
Communications Officer, Student Senate for California Community Colleges, (2014–2015)
Student Trustee, Board of Trustees, Board of Trustees, City College of San Francisco (2013–2015)
Region III External Affairs Senator, Student Senate for California Community Colleges, (2013–2014)
President, Associated Students, Ocean Campus, City College of San Francisco (2012–2013)


A native San Franciscan and proud graduate of City College, I have spent the past four years fighting to save City College from loss of accreditation and closure. I served two terms as Student Trustee to the Board and on the Student Senate for California Community Colleges as Communications Officer and External Affairs Officer for Region 3, the Bay Area region. In these roles, I mobilized thousands of San Franciscans, and advocated alongside the college’s students, faculty and classified staff, as well as city and statewide elected officials, to keep City College’s doors open.

I have over 16 years of professional development training and experience combined with lived experiences in the communities that City College serves. I have worked for numerous nonprofit agencies and labor organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for marginalized, low income communities such as: the Center for Young Women’s Development, Youth Leadership Institute, UNITE HERE Local 2, Jobs with Justice, and Urban Services YMCA.

I am a 2005 Jefferson Award recipient, and have been honored for my work in co-founding Youth Treatment and Education Court Leadership Fellows, as I helped develop a curriculum to train court administrators, judges, probation officers and thousands of service providers nationwide in culturally competent drug treatment for youth. I was recognized for my CCSF advocacy by the San Francisco Women’s Political Committee in 2015, with the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club’s “City College Champion” Award in 2014 and the San Francisco Bay Guardian Local Hero Award in 2013. I am a graduate of the Women’s Policy Institute, the Women’s Initiative for Self Employment, the School for Organizing, Unity and Liberation (SOUL), and have served on the San Francisco Youth Commission Board, the Juvenile Justice Commission Board and other community boards. I am an Emerge California alumna, class of 2016.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • San Francisco Democratic Party
  • San Francisco Examiner
  • San Francisco Chronicle

Organizations (14)

  • Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club
  • Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club
  • San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Equality California
  • San Francisco Green Party
  • San Francisco Women’s Political Committee
  • San Francisco Tenants Union
  • California Nurses Association
  • San Francisco Labor Council
  • San Francisco Building and Construction Trades Council
  • City College Faculty, American Federation of Teachers 2121
  • Latino Democratic Club
  • United Educators of San Francisco
  • National Union of Healthcare Workers

Elected Officials (21)

  • Jackie Speier, Congresswoman of California’s 14th District
  • Betty Yee, California State Controller
  • Bevan Dufty, San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee
  • Jeff Adachi, San Francisco Public Defender
  • David Chiu, State Assemblymember, California’s 17th District
  • Tom Ammiano, Former State Assemblymember
  • John Burton, California Democratic Party Chair
  • Rafael Madelman, President, City College Board of Trustees
  • Alex Randolph, City College Trustee
  • Brigitte Davila, City College Trustee
  • John Rizzo, City College Trustee
  • Eric Mar, District 1 Supervisor
  • David Campos, District 5 Supervisor
  • Malia Cohen, District 10 Supervisor
  • Aaron Peskin, District 3 Supervisor
  • London Breed, President, SF Board of Supervisors
  • Jane Kim, District 6 Supervisor
  • John Avalos, District 11 Supervisor
  • Matt Haney, President, SFUSD Board of Education
  • Shamann Walton, Vice President, SFUSD Board of Education
  • Sandra Lee Fewer, Commissioner, SFUSD Board of Education

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