By Roadtrip Nation

Shaka Mitchell


My road in life has been direct.
Neither of my parents finished college but they made sure my siblings and I knew the value and importance of education—I decided to pursue a career in education because of this.
I earned my bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
I went on to earn my law degree from Wake Forest University School of Law.
After law school, I started my career in education as an associate director of policy and planning for the Center for Education Reform.
I’ve since held a variety of positions involving education, law, and policy.
Some of my roles include outreach coordinator for the Institute for Justice, executive vice president for the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, and regional director for Rocketship Education.
I eventually joined the American Federation for Children—I started as the Tennessee State Director and now work across multiple states as the director of state strategy and advocacy.
In addition to my role with the American Federation of Children, I work as an attorney at my own law office and teach political science as an adjunct professor at Belmont University.
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High School
Political Science and Philosophy
Belmont University
Wake Forest University School of Law


Director of State Strategy and Advocacy

I ensure families have the ability to choose a school for their children that best fits their needs.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Helping People

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Don't give in to the idea that you have choose one interest or one path that you have to ultimately stick to. Society puts a lot of pressure on young people to choose a path but your high school years are actually a great time to try things out and explore. Don't lock yourself into one plan. Instead, prepare yourself to be a lifelong learner. Focus on your mindset and become a problem solver. Don't be afraid to try things. If you get something wrong, try again. Don't be afraid to ask for help.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

Political Science and Philosophy


The Noise I Shed

"You should become a doctor."