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Memphis, TN 38112
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Shelby County Schools
c/o The Board Office
160 S. Hollywood Street
Memphis, TN 38112

The Board Office
Phone: (901) 416-5447
Fax: (901) 416-9787
[email protected]

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Shante K. Avant | District 6

Commanding over 20 years of non-profit experience, Shante K. Avant works towards the economic security of thousands of women and their families in the Greater Memphis Area every day. As Deputy Director of the Women’s Foundation for a Greater Memphis (WFGM), she manages staff, operations, and fund development.

Since 2007, Avant has used her position at WFGM to make a difference in the lives of others. She is responsible for grant allocations, fostering strategic partnerships within the corporate community, stewarding relationships with local and national foundations and local community-based organizations, institutional giving, and large donor stewardship.

Avant’s national affiliations include the Partnership for Women’s Prosperity and Prosperity Together, coalitions of public women’s funds focused on improving the economic security of low income women and their families, the Women’s Funding Network International Leadership Cohort and Ford Foundation Fellowship.

Avant’s local community involvements include serving as Chair of the Shelby County School Board. She represents District 6 which includes the South Memphis, Riverside, Westwood, and Whitehaven communities. She is a board member for Clean Memphis and serves on the advisory boards for the University of Memphis College of Social Work and the New Memphis Institute.

Other accomplishments and achievements include The New Tri-State Defender’s Woman of Excellence award, Immaculate Conception High School Alumni of the Year Award, and the Council of Urban Education Excellence Award. Avant is a graduate of the New Memphis Institute Fellows Program, the Leadership Memphis Executive Program and a past Board Chair of MPACT Memphis. Other affiliations include the Early Success Coalition and Grantmakers Forum.

A native of Memphis, Avant earned her BA in Psychology and Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee. She the proud mother of one daughter, Peyton who attends Middle College High School.

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