Shakyra Diaz

Policy Advisor

Shakyra Diaz is a strategist with extensive public policy and organizing experience grounded in authentic coalition building.  Her lived experiences growing up in Cleveland, Ohio guide her efforts to transformatively improve systems that impact the lives of black people, people of color, and vulnerable communities.

Shakyra’s leadership for advocacy campaigns has resulted in changes in the educational and justice systems as well as the establishment of trauma recovery centers to help underserved crime survivors heal.

Shakyra has led successful policy, legislative, and judicial rules campaigns to reduce incarceration and detention.  Her efforts have led to the elimination of unfair drug law policies and policing practices, enhanced protections for sexual assault victims during interviews, expanded access to counsel, supported voting rights access for currently and formerly incarcerated people, increased alternatives to prison, expanded re-entry supports, established health care access to currently and formerly incarcerated people and ended routine juvenile shackling in courts to name a few.

Shakyra is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and lives in Cleveland, Ohio with her family.