Shanene Herbert is a long-standing resident of North Minneapolis whose lived experience and life work has put her in a unique position to lead conversations about the impact of systemic racism on Black and brown youth.
She is a graduate of Como Park Senior High School and the University of MN-Twin Cities. With a deep historical context of the conditions of Black people in the US and abroad, Shanene developed a desire to become a bridge for youth with backgrounds similar to her own. She started her career in various educational settings in Minneapolis and St. Paul and has since evolved in her leadership skill to direct non-profits in their quest to gain perspective on racialized issues that unintentionally place youth of color into the cradle-to-prison pipeline.
Before joining YWCA St. Paul she led American Service Committee’s Healing Justice Program and has facilitated many multi-racial and multigenerational conversations using the Indigenous practice of restorative circle keeping. Shanene is co-founder of a community building circle for Black women called Heal Sis and was the recipient of the 2019 McKnight Foundation/ Virginia Binger Unsung Hero Award for her work in community.