Shaniqua McClendon is currently a Master in Public Policy Candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is president of the Black Student Union. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, she served as Legislative Director for Congresswoman Alma S. Adams in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hailing from the State of North Carolina, Shaniqua is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications and a B.S. in Business Administration. While at UNC Chapel Hill, she developed a deep interest in using education policy to create economic parity and eliminate wealth disparities for disadvantaged communities. This eventually led her to the nation’s capital where she interned at the White House in the Office of Presidential Correspondence. Upon finishing her internship, Shaniqua began her career on Capitol Hill working in various capacities for former Senator Kay Hagan, advising on policy issues ranging from education and telecommunications to transportation. During Shaniqua’s time on Capitol Hill she made it a point to connect rising staffers with resources and opportunities to enhance their professional development.