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Shawn Essien

Vice President, People & Culture

As the Vice President of People & Culture, Shawn Essien leads the Institute for Sustainable Communities’ people strategies and plans, ensuring that equity continues to be a driving force in our organizational leadership, recruitment, programming, operations, policies, and practices. As an integral member of the ISC’s management team, Shawn works closely with her peers, providing expert guidance and advice as a human resources professional and contributing to the overall management of ISC.

Prior to accepting this position, Shawn served as a Vice President of Human Resources and a Litigation Attorney, with a strong focus on Title IX discrimination. Shawn brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record of success in the People Management and Human Resources arenas.

A strong connection to her community is essential to Shawn. Her participation in various civic and community groups includes having served as Secretary of The Baltimore Democratic Club. This is an organization devoted to the education and empowerment of the citizens of Baltimore City. She is also a board member of Reaching to the Future, a local non-profit focused on improving the academic, civic, and leadership qualities of Baltimore City Public School Students.

Shawn is a loving wife to her devoted husband, Sema Essien, and mother to two wonderful boys, Kamil and Kori Essien.