LaShawndra Thornton's strong beliefs in equality, equity, and opportunity led her to pursue a career where she could help better the lives of others. Her passion for playing a role in making substantive social impact led her to focus on children and youth, primarily though education.
For the past five years, LaShawndra has worked at the U.S. Department of Education. She has worked on the Charter Schools Program, the Teacher Incentive Fund, and, most recently, the Race to the Top District program. Through these programs, LaShawndra has assisted in providing funding to start new charter schools in high-poverity areas, teacher performance compensation systems, and personalized instruction at district and State levels.
She earned a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She also received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Go Blue!). She serves as the Director of Development for My Girlfriend's House whose primary focus is to better opportunities for girls in impoverished communities, in addition to serving as a mentor with Capital Partners of Education. She lives in Washington DC.
She's enjoys adventurous sports who has been skydiving twice and loves eating Thai, Ethiopian, and Chipotle. She also really loves traveling and is looking forward to her upcoming trip to Thailand!
The Personal Story
Hi! My name is LaShawndra, also known as Shawn. My mission is to help amputees, those with loss of limb sensations, and their family and friends. I'm sure you're thinking, "Why is she starting a non-profit about amputees and loss of limb sensation? Her background has nothing to do with this." Well, you're right so I'll tell you a quick story.
In May 2015, my mother's entire right arm was amputated due a fungal infection. During this painful time for our family, we begin to search for resources to help us as she began her journey in creating a new normal. We quickly realized there is a lack of publicly available information for those going through such a tragedy. It took hours of scouring the internet just to find one useful resource. So, I decided that I could not allow this to happen for someone else and their family.
Hence, Limby was born. Limby may sound like a big undertaking, but, with your support, I know we can continue to make a positive difference in the world.
For more stories into my mother's journey, take a look at the blog!
Photography courtesy of Bright Sarfo.