Shakira Hemphill is a fourth-generation Washingtonian raised in Ward 8 and the proud mother to her King Elijah, a twelve-year-old exceptional learner. Shakira Hemphill is an educator and community member. Shakira has more than 13 years of progressive expertise in education, curriculum and instruction, policy, and process development with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Spelman College and a Master’s of Science in Project Management from George Washington University and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Shakira’s career started as a middle school teacher at Southeast Academy of Scholastic Excellence in Ward 8 in 2003. She then transitioned into a high school literature teacher at Friendship Collegiate Academy in Ward 7. Currently, Shakira continues to work in the education sector by serving as a Director of SSST & Interventions for Friendship Public Charter School for over 3,500 scholars in grades Pre- Kindergarten
(PK3) – Twelfth. She continues to provide organizational leadership through mentoring and developing faculty while managing a limited budget with multiple objectives.
Shakira is the Principal/Founder of Women of Worth, Inc., an organization birthed out of a place of lack of clarity and fear in Shakira’s life where she was trying to find her purpose. Women of Worth (WOW) is a non-profit in Washington DC focused on educating, empowering, and engaging women and teenage girls. WOW Inc., provides tools, inspiration, and resources for women and young girls to “Fearlessly Live Out Your
Purpose.” Shakira found herself being forced to grow in the process, alone and fearful in the natural but surrounded by God’s power. It was in during that time that she tapped into her purpose and truly started living her purpose out FEARLESSLY. She has committed to healing the world one woman at a time as they walk in their WORTH.
Shakira serves as a Commissioner for the DC Commission on Persons with Disabilities, Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Title I Committee of Practitioners and Vice President of the Henson Ridge Community Management Association. Shakira recently ran for the Ward 8 seat in the District of Columbia State Board of Education. Growing up, Shakira told herself that there was nothing in this world she was not capable of conquering, leading, or achieving. She called it a “fearless” attitude. Shakira’s dedication to the scholars, communities, and parents throughout the city, especially in Ward 8 fueled her campaign and the work that she continues to do in her community.
Shakira believes the DC Young Democrats has to be a catalyst for change in our Nation’s Capital. We have to be the group that is not resting until our mission is upheld in all parts of our country. She looks forward to continuing to cultivate the necessary work needed to advocate and impact change locally and nationally with DC Young Democrats.