Learn About Shanell Williams


I am running for San Francisco Community College Board because I believe in accountable, accessible and affordable community college. I am committed to being a strong voice for our city, and our college.

Over the past 16 years, I have served thousands of San Franciscans as an informed, passionate and dedicated public advocate, nonprofit leader and community organizer. From mentoring youth trapped in cycles of incarceration—to saving city college from a near loss of accreditation and closure for the past four years— I have worked tirelessly to improve all San Franciscan’s quality of life.

I’ve lived in San Francisco for over 30 years and I am a proud graduate of the City College of San Francisco. I served as President of the City College Associated Students and as the Student Trustee to the Board for two terms. I represented student interests during my position as Student Trustee throughout the accreditation crisis— a role that has prepared me for a position on the Board of Trustees.

I believe it is the advocacy of the students, faculty, staff, community and elected officials that made it possible for the institution we love to remain open and accredited. As a former foster youth myself, I know that community college offers an affordable and accessible pipeline to higher education to lift individuals out of poverty and toward a brighter future. As a member of the Board of Trustees, I will engage each stakeholder to ensure that this valuable institution is restored to remain accessible for generations of students to come.