A gathering for creative, smart communications
For good

April 17-18
Director of Communication

Shanelle Matthews

Shanelle Matthews is an award-winning political communications strategist with a decade of experience in journalism, legislative, litigation, rapid response, and campaign communications. She serves as the Director of Communications for the Black Lives Matter Global Network, a network of more than 40 chapters organizing and end state-sanctioned violence and winning immediate improvements in the lives of Black people by building and consolidating power.

Previous to that she served as the Deputy Communications Director forthe Sierra Club, leading communications strategy for Beyond Coal and worked as a strategist for the ACLU of Northern California. She believes in using communications both as a tool for social change and to win. As an alumna of Progressive Women’s Voices, the Women’s Media Center’s premier media and leadership training program for women, Shanelle has executed her training as a spokesperson in outlets like Al Jazeera and NPR.  She serves on the boards of the National Network of Abortion Funds and Rewire. She holds a degree in Journalism and New and Online Media from the Manship School of Mass Communications at Louisiana State University. She is a lover of cheese, Afro-jazz and bourbon. She lives and plays in Oakland.


Excited About

In 2017, I am excited about progressive organizers and communicators using innovative, 21st century tactics to test new models of advocacy and organizing. While the margin for error feels significantly more narrow, I’m confident the tools we need to win already exist.

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Where to catch her awesomeness

Day 2 – April 18

Keynote – Online Organizing

9:30 | Theatre

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Day 2 – April 18

Panel: Grassroots Organizing

11:00 | Theatre

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Day 2 – April 18

Panel: Staying Inspired

4:15 | Theatre

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