Shauntay R. Nelson is the Democracy Director at Wisconsin Voices. Nelson works with a network of progressive organizations to ensure a greater impact of civic and voter engagement, and her work involves collaboration with local and state community leaders, and politicians, to create policy that will strengthen her community. Nelson works diligently to lobby legislators on behalf of issues that impact democracy in Wisconsin. She serves as a guest speaker regarding the statewide redistricting process and has a passion to educate the public about how redistricting impacts communities of color. She is also one of the leaders charged with educating the public about the issue of judicial recusal in Wisconsin.
Nelson has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, is a graduate of the Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute, and recently graduated from the African American Leadership Program, with Cardinal Stritch University. She is an alumni of the Center for Progressive Leadership, a non-profit organization providing leadership training for advancing progressive political and policy change, and she is also a graduate of Emerge, WI, a program dedicated to teaching women to run for electoral seats.
Nelson cares deeply about the barriers women face within society and she desires to level the playing field by encouraging women to be civically involved. She works tirelessly to gain knowledge and resources that will help engage women and she encourages women to get involved by stepping into leadership spaces that are typically male-dominated. In Nelson’s free time, she volunteers by working with youth to develop life skills, promote education, and to be advocates for policy change.