Shannon F. Reeves is a Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He holds both a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from Grambling State University of Louisiana where he was also awarded a Provost Fellowship. He is the recipient of the George R. Mears Centennial Scholarship awarded by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
As a doctoral student, he studies American Politics, Public Policy and History. He seeks to fuse his academic pursuits with his professional experience while adding to the body of knowledge by providing a unique perspective in search of the most relevant researchable questions.
He is the former Director of State and Local Development for the Republican National Committee (RNC). Mr. Reeves served as the Party’s liaison between state, county and local Republican organizations on candidate support, professional development, and strategic positioning of the Party’s efforts in local communities.
Prior to the RNC, he served as the elected Secretary of the California Republican Party, making him the highest-ranking African-American Party official in the State. His state party experience and grassroots beginnings explain his passion for state and local politics. He is a conservative with a message of personal responsibility, government accountability and efficient nonprofit organizational management that has been delivered in speeches around the country.
Along with his passion for politics, he is deep-rooted in his spiritual convictions. Reeves is a born again Pentecostal and a lifelong member of the Church of God In Christ (COGIC). As a civic leader, he holds the title as being the only person to serve four consecutive terms as President of the Oakland, CA branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). In addition, he is the only person ever to serve simultaneously as an elected NAACP President and an elected officer of the California Republican Party.
While serving the NAACP, his leadership increased the membership of the Oakland branch from 900 to over 4,000 and raised over $1 million dollars for the branch during his tenure. He has served the NAACP in eleven (11) different senior level capacities, serving fourteen (14) states during his twenty-three (23) years of activism with the organization.
He is married and enjoys spending time with his family.