Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr. is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Alabama A & M University. He teaches undergraduate courses in American Government, Urban Politics, Public Administration, State and Local Government, Southern Conservatism and African American Politics. As a Faculty Doctoral Fellow pursuing a PhD in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, he holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from Grambling State University of Louisiana and is a life member of its alumni association.
As a doctoral student, he studies American Politics and Public Administration in the American South. His dissertation research focuses on African American political behavior in the South and the political relevance of African American vote choices over time. He is also interested in the strategic use of African American political power in state and local government. He seeks to add to the body of knowledge by infusing his academic pursuits with his more than twenty years of unique professional experience in civil rights, business and politics.
Mr. Reeves is the former National Director of State and Local Development for the Republican National Committee (RNC). He served as the Party’s liaison between state, county and local Republican organizations for candidate training/support and professional development. He has organized and trained Republican and community leaders in 40 of the 50 states, in addition to the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). He has served as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention having attended in both 2000 and 2008. Prior to joining the staff of 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. He believes Republican efforts to eradicate poverty through education, economic opportunity and support for families in urban cities will determine the future success of the Party. His message of personal responsibility, government accountability and efficient nonprofit organizational management has been delivered in speeches across the country.
As the former President and Executive Director of the Oakland, CA branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), he is a prolific fundraiser, civic leader and grassroots organizer. Under his leadership, paid membership in Oakland increased from 900 to over 4,000 annually, over $1 million dollars from corporate and individual donors to increase the annual budget was secured and coalitions were strengthened between community based organizations, local elected officials and business leaders. His NAACP tenure concluded with him serving more than twenty years of leadership with the organization by serving in eleven different positions covering fourteen states.
Mr. Reeves is a native of San Francisco having attended Junior High and High School in Oakland. He is a lifelong member of the Church of God In Christ (COGIC). He is the only person ever to serve simultaneously as an elected NAACP President and an elected officer of the California Republican Party.