Shaheen Mamawala, MPA, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2013 after serving as an RWJF National Urban Fellow during the 2012–2013 academic year. During her fellowship, she supported leadership projects that cut across multiple areas of the Foundation’s work, including an initiative that laid the groundwork for a new online network designed to bring together thousands of leaders professionally affiliated with RWJF. In her present role as communications associate, she manages the RWJF Leadership Network, which launched in late 2013 on the LinkedIn platform. She views her work as “an opportunity to make connections among RWJF-affiliated leaders by providing them a space in which to share and access resources, elevate their work, partner in new and unique ways, and mobilize collectively around key initiatives within health and health care.”
Previously, Mamawala served as the national manager for Alumni Career Programming and Strategy at Teach For America, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enlist recent college graduates and professionals to teach for two years in underserved communities throughout the United States. In this role, she managed alumni human capital strategy, career programming, and partner relations for the organization’s 20th Anniversary Summit, which convened more than 11,000 participants. She also served for two years on the organization’s national recruitment team.
Mamawala earned an MPA from Baruch College—The City University of New York and a BA in Public/Mass Communication Studies from The College of New Jersey. She also studied abroad at the Universitat de Barcelona. She was selected as a 2011 Los Angeles Fellow at StartingBloc, a leadership program for young social innovators.
An Illinois native who has also resided in New Jersey, Mamawala currently lives in New York City. She considers herself a seasoned traveler and has been “around the world,” visiting more than 15 countries so far. She enjoys being part of a Manhattan-based trivia league as well as ZogSports, the nation’s largest charity-oriented, co-ed, social sports league. A dedicated foodie, she also enjoys exploring New York’s vast variety of international cuisines.