Shijuade Kadree joined the Aspen Institute in 2023 as the Director of Tech Equity and the Tech Accountability Coalition. An alumna of Emory University, Shijuade graduated with a joint degree from the Schools of Law and Public Health. A former defense attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, Shijuade has significant government relations, policy, strategic planning and stakeholder cultivation and engagement experience. She served as the Chief Advocacy Officer for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, as well as a legislative counsel for the New York City Council. Prior to joining the Aspen Institute, she was the Director of DEI at Snap, Inc., supporting the global workforce in the areas of DEI goal-setting and implementation, learning and development, people and culture, and operationalizing DEI across the company for meaningful change.
Shijuade has worked with all levels of government, for-profit and nonprofit actors, and corporate entities, striving to ensure that the work being done is thoughtful, innovative, and inclusive, and that all strategies are developed and implemented with an explicitly intersectional lens. She centers her work from a Black, queer, feminist perspective, believing that when all those needs are engaged and addressed, all will benefit from the outcome. A recipient of multiple awards for her work, she is also a sought after speaker, panelist and moderator. Shijuade resides in Atlanta with her wife and children.