Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr. is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Alabama A & M University. He teaches undergraduate courses in American Politics and Public Administration. Mr. Reeves is also a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science from the University of Alabama, along with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Political Science from Grambling State University of Louisiana.
As a Doctoral Candidate, his dissertation research focuses on Black political representation and efficacy. Moreover, he studies Black attitudes toward Black leadership and Black institutions. He is also interested in the strategic use of Black 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 began his career as Regional Director of the Western and Southwestern regions of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He provided leadership in managing 14 states with approximately 650 local branches in his jurisdiction. He served the NAACP in eleven (11) different positions during his days of activism with the organization. Localizing his focus on the neighborhoods of his formative years, he is most proud of his work while serving four consecutive terms as President of the Oakland, CA branch of the NAACP.
Mr. Reeves is a prolific fundraiser and grassroots organizer. Under his leadership, paid membership in Oakland increased from 900 to over 4,000 annually, in addition to securing over $1 million dollars from corporate and individual donors to increase the annual budget. Furthermore, in an unprecedented event, Mr. Reeves was elected Secretary of the California Republican Party, making him the highest-ranking African American Party official in the state. He is the only person ever to serve simultaneously as an elected NAACP President and an elected officer of the California Republican Party. After his tenure in Oakland, Mr. Reeves went on to Washington, DC to serve as 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 Republicans in 40 of the 50 states, in addition to the U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). He is the only known person to serve on the national staff and work in the headquarters of both the NAACP and the RNC. This is a testament of his strength, courage and commitment to community. He has an uncanny ability to challenge rival factions in pursuit of a greater good.
Mr. Reeves was born in San Francisco, CA and is a born again Pentecostal and lifelong member of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. He is married to Daryka Anderson Reeves formerly of Lutcher, LA. She is member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a proud graduate of Southern University and Howard University. They live together with their children in the Huntsville, AL area.