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Commissioner Shannon Sykes

sykes editShannon Sykes, a Kalamazoo-native, has been a tireless advocate for people in communities across Michigan throughout her adult life. Now, she is proud to serve as an advocate for Kalamazoo residents on the Kalamazoo City Commission.

Shannon’s advocacy work began here in Kalamazoo, fighting to protect women’s reproductive rights. She has been affiliated with various organizations including Western's Organization for Women (WOW), National Organization for Women (NOW), and NARAL Pro-Choice America. Later, she went on to serve as a member, and later Vice President, of the National Black Operations Business Association (NBOBA) in Detroit, MI. During that time, she was recruited by the startup organization Mothers Against Police Brutality to advocate for the victims of police brutality by the Detroit Police Department.

Shannon spent several years working for Great Lakes PeaceJam, our local affiliate of the international PeaceJam Foundation. As head of program and administrative operations, Shannon was responsible for providing important educational opportunities for students in grades K-12 across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Indiana. Currently, Shannon is working to help restore the affiliate here in our region.

In 2014, Shannon served as the African American Constituency Director for Jon Hoadley’s successful race for State Representative of the 60th House District. Shannon then went on to become the Field Director of the Kalamazoo County’s Coordinated Campaign for the 2014 general election. She also has experience in business management and real estate development for Centennial Management Group, as well as in cultural competency training as a private social justice consultant.

Sykes currently serves as a board member of CARES, an HIV/AIDS Service Organization in Southwest Michigan, and has served as treasurer and interim board president during her term.

Shannon is currently raising her four children in the Westnedge Hill neighborhood.

Elected: 2015 (1st term)

Term Expires: 2019

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