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Shaynah Barnes

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             Brockton, MA 02301

Elected:    2013


Shaynah Barnes


Brockton City Councilor-at-Large Shaynah M. Barnes was born in Washington DC, but raised and currently resides in Brockton.  She is the only child of Jim and Gwen Barnes.  She received her B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and returned to NU for post-graduate studies in Justice Administration. Shaynah began her professional career at the Plymouth County District Attorney’s Office (Brockton Juvenile/Trial Court) as a Victim Witness Advocate, where she served as a liaison between the District Attorney’s office, the Plymouth County Juvenile Court Probation Department and the Department of Children and Families. Later she worked for the Departments of Youth Services and Children and Families.  She currently works as a Senior District Representative/Lead Immigration Specialist for the Office of Congressman Stephen F. Lynch (Brockton District Office).

Shaynah serves as a member of NeighborWorks of Southern Massachusetts Brockton Advisory Board Committee that addresses community redevelopment and economic revitalization and is a founding member of A Trio of Bandits, a social networking organization committed to business revitalization and young professional networking, to name a few. Shaynah is a board member/trustee for the Brockton Day Nursery, Family and Community Resources, Greater Plymouth County United Way and Old Colony YMCA. Shaynah is also a member of the Norfolk-Plymouth County Area Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  In 2010, Shaynah was inducted in the South Shore “Stars 40 under 40” Emerging Leaders class and was the recipient of the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Distinguished Citizen Award from the Old Colony Council of the Boys Scouts of America in 2014.

In November 2013, Shaynah was elected with more than 4,000 votes by the residents of the City of Brockton to be the first African-American female City Councilor-at-Large. In 2015, with almost 5,700 votes, Shaynah was re-elected to the Brockton City Council. She currently serves on the Finance and Real Estate sub-committees and is the Council representative to the Brockton Public Schools Community Schools Advisory Board.  In 2016, Shaynah drafted a long overdue city ordinance to reinstate the Commission on Women’s Issues that had been defunct for several years.


Finance Committee
Real Estate Committee
Community Schools Advisory Board

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