Shannon Frank Reeves, Sr. is the Director of Alumni Affairs at Grambling State University. As Executive Director, he is responsible for the oversight and management of the Office of Alumni Affairs. He serves as the chief strategist for alumni engagement for the university and its 45,000 living alumni. He develops messaging and branding strategies to elevate the awareness and importance of alumni engagement, showcasing the number and range of opportunities for alumni offered locally, regionally, and globally. In addition, he provides insight for alumni
initiatives, business plans, financial strategies and special events. Prior to his current role, Reeves served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Alabama A & M University where he taught undergraduate courses in American Politics and Public Administration. Reeves is 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.
With 30 years of experience in American politics and government affairs, Reeves specializes in national and
state Republican Party politics. He was a registered lobbyist in Alabama and a voting delegate/State Central
Committee (SCC) member to the Republican Party of Texas (RPT), the California Republican Party (CRP),
and the Republican Party of Louisiana (LAGOP). In addition, he served as a delegate to the Republican
National Convention. Furthermore, Reeves served as the elected Secretary of the California Republican Party,
making him the highest-ranking African American Party official in the state. He served as National Director of
State and Local Development for the Republican National Committee (RNC). This made Reeves the Party’s
liaison between state, county and local Republican officials for candidate training/support and professional
development. He has organized and trained Republicans in 40 of the 50 states. In 2017, Newsmax Magazine
ranked him number 11 of the top 50 most influential African American Republicans in the United States with
a strong national network. He currently serves on the Louisiana State Republican Central Committee.
Reeves began his career as a civil rights administrator in Los Angeles as Regional Director of the
NAACP Western Region. He was later sent to Dallas as Director of the Southwestern Region. He provided
leadership in managing 14 states with approximately 650 local branches in his jurisdictions. Overall, 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 NAACP. Under his leadership,
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 dramatically increase the annual budget. He is a prolific
fundraiser and grassroots organizer. To date, he is the only known person to ever serve on the national
staff and work in the headquarters of both the NAACP (Baltimore, MD) and the Republican National
Committee (Washington, DC).
As a certified mediator, and consummate coalition builder, he has demonstrated throughout his career
an uncanny ability to inspire rival factions to find common ground in pursuit of viable outcomes.
With a vast background in Black Politics and Civil Rights, he has been able to effectively get things done in
political environments with a Democratic Party majority. His leadership at the RNC and as a State Republican
Party official in multiple states, has likewise demonstrated his ability to get things done in Republican Party
majority environments. 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 Grambling, LA.