Shahanna McKinney-Baldon

Shahanna McKinney-Baldon (she/her) is Founding Executive Director of Edot Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity Collaborative. She also holds several appointments at University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin Center for Education Research, including that of Special Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion. Shahanna is a longtime national thought leader on racial and ethnic diversity in the Jewish community. She has held senior leadership roles in synagogues and Jewish Federations as well as in public education, including serving as Chief Diversity Officer for large education organizations. Shahanna has also led local, regional, and national work on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), including directing professional learning for the Minority Student Achievement Network, a national consortium of 30 US public school districts working to end the effects of racism on their schools. She holds a B.S. in Secondary Education, with concentrations in Hebrew and Communications, from University of Wisconsin-Madison; and an M.Ed. in Student Services, with a concentration in Social Justice Education, from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Among her current volunteer activities, Shahanna sits on the Board of Governors for Reconstructing Judaism, the primary organization of the Reconstructionist denomination of Judaism. She comes from a large Midwest US African American and Ashkenazi family with Seminole, Cherokee, Blackfoot, and Sephardi heritages.