Shamain McAllister, Community Programs Manager

Shamain McAllister - known to most as Sha, represents Irvington/Newark, New Jersey. In May of 2018, she received a Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management with a minor in criminal justice from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. While in undergrad, she served on the Student Government Association as Vice President of Advocacy and the Director of Student Concerns. She also founded the Student Justice League, a student led organization whose mission is to bring awareness of local and global injustices to campus and execute tangible solutions as students.

Despite Sha’s major, serving the community is her purpose. She serves as a Co-Coordinator for the Elm City Lit Fest and podcast. Elm City Lit is an annual celebration of books, LITerature and LITerary artists with the purpose of enhancing LITeracy while promoting awareness of local, regional and global artists of the African diaspora. She is a Vision Holder for The Return of the People, a group supporting a new generation of New Haven artists in becoming self-sufficient, empowered artists and leaders. Sha previously has served as the Development Coordinator for the New Haven Symphony Orchestra. 

Sha is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., a sisterhood rooted in scholarship, sisterhood, service, and finer womanhood.