Shammara’s varied background has always included working to elevate people of color in the U.S. Her prior experiences include innovation development and management in the fields of public health, leadership, youth development, civic engagement, and education. During her time in New York City government, Shammara oversaw health education for NYC K-12 public school students and worked across city agencies to develop and lead the effective implementation, performance monitoring, and evaluation of critical mayoral initiatives as they relate to abating poverty.
Prior experiences include consulting on domestic health programming at the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation and working as an adjunct professor empowering leadership and activism in the New York University’s top-ranked undergraduate students. As Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Working Group on Childhood Obesity and Service-Learning, Shammara focused an interdisciplinary team of the nation’s public health and civic engagement leaders on affecting built environment issues relating to poverty and health. She has served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Central Florida, and has worked as a teacher and journalist. Shammara has an M.P.A. in Health Policy and Management from NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service built on a B.A. in Philosophy from Hamilton College.