Shana McDavis-Conway has over 16 years of experience with national and local food justice organizations. Previously, Shana was a Program Director for the Emerson National Hunger Fellows Program at the Congressional Hunger Center – mentoring emerging hunger, poverty and agriculture leaders using a racial justice framework. Most recently, Shana offered communications training and strategic support to climate and social justice groups through the Center for Story-Based Strategy.
Shana has a B.A. in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from University of Delaware and a certificate in nonprofit leadership from Georgetown University. She is an author of several publications on food systems, including Washington D.C.’s first community food assessment. In D.C., Shana led the local child nutrition advocacy work of the Food Research and Action Center. She also conducted research for the National Family Farm Coalition and the Community Food Security Coalition. In Hartford, Shana founded GROW Hartford, a youth urban farming program. In Sacramento, Shana ran food access campaigns for the Sacramento Hunger Coalition and organized community gardens.
Shana has served on several boards and committees, including the Center for Story-based Strategy, NOLOSE, the Congressional Hunger Center, and Southside Community Garden. The 2014 DC State Fair best pie winner, she is an accomplished baker and a third-generation urban gardener. Shana is an alumna of the Emerson Program, and a former AmeriCorps*VISTA.