Shameeka Mattis, LMSW is a dedicated social change agent committed to equity and justice. A Brooklyn, NY native, she has over 15 years of experience in social welfare and justice reform. As a restorative justice practitioner, Shameeka worked with communities directly impacted by violence via Common Justice, a groundbreaking victim service and adult alternative to incarceration program based in reconciliation practices in NYC, where she was a founding member and leader for almost a decade. Prior to her tenure there, Shameeka served communities in Philadelphia through prison social work, reentry support and children welfare advocacy. She is a writer, blogger, consultant, educator, public speaker, and an anti-oppressive and trauma-informed trainer. Shameeka received her Bachelor of Arts (BA) from SUNY Binghamton and Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a licensed social worker and has received several honors, including the K2 REACH Second Chance Award and the NASW-NYC Emerging Leader Award. Currently, Shameeka works as a psychotherapist with NYC Affirmative Psychotherapy, primarily serving queer and gender expansive people of color, and is also a professor in the City and State Universities of NY (CUNY and SUNY).