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Sharnese M.

Executive Director
Detroit, MI, USA

Biography

Sharnese Marshall was born in Detroit, MI and spent most of her early life in Detroit where she attended Detroit Public Schools until middle school. Sharnese grew up with a very supportive close-knit family but had friends who weren't as fortunate. She saw a lot of her classmates struggle in the classroom and didn't understand why because the school work was "so easy". It wasn't until later on in her life that she realized that children in Detroit struggled in many ways and not just in the classroom. Some of her classmates only ate at school, some of her classmates were abused, some of her classmates were homeless and some of her classmates didn't even have parents. This harsh reality forced Sharnese to accept the responsibility to create change. From a young age, she was involved in multiple non-profit organizations including Angel Tree which is a program that reaches out to the children of prisoners and blesses them with Christmas presents on behalf of their incarcerated parents. In high school, she was a member of the National Honors Society and her favorite part of being a member was the core values: Scholarship, Leadership, Character and especially Service. It was in high school when her true "love for service" flourished and she accepted the fact that this was what she was created for. Having a passion for the community, specifically youth, she understood that by providing resources and opportunities for those in need is what would truly make a lifelong impact. Sharnese has an extensive career background with awesome corporations and organizations including Quicken Loans, Detroit Pistons (community relations), and most recently Life Remodeled. She was named the 2019 Mentor of the Year through Winning Futures Mentoring Program. In March of 2020, she founded The Konnection which is a Detroit-based mentoring program empowering youth to improve their academics and attendance through travel.The Konnection partners with schools in under served communities to provide different resources including career pathways, college readiness, and travel opportunities. Sharnese enjoys eating, mentoring, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. For the past 10+ years of her career, Sharnese has spent her time serving the Detroit community and can't wait to see what else is in store.