Sherrell Whitmire is the Senior Organizer of Organizing & Policy. Before joining Common Justice, she worked with The Child Center of NY as Program Director of the first NYPD Community Center in Brooklyn, NY, recruiting and serving over 500+ residents during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Prior to that, Ms. Whitmire served at The Brownsville Community Justice Center doing ATI, Workforce Development, and Placemaking with court-involved youth and community members. She launched the Young Women’s Collective first community organizing group for victims of violence in Brownsville, creating a program model focused on healing, professional development, and entrepreneurship.
She has organized over 50 youth and community-led events bringing the community together. She loves incorporating the arts into the work she does and is most proud of curating The Arts & Social Justice Symposium in 2016, creating dialogue around racial injustice globally, and using creative art such as dance, theater, music, and poetry as a medium of expression.
She holds a Bachelors in Social Work & Dance from The Ohio State University and a Masters in Social Work with a focus on Community Organizing, Planning & Development from Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work.