Shital Shah

Shital C. Shah

Director of Philanthropic Engagement American Federation of Teachers

Shital C. Shah is the Director of Philanthropic Engagement for the American Federation of Teachers. She also served on the 2020 Biden-Harris Transition Team for the US Department of Education. She cultivates and supports philanthropic partnerships and on behalf of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), focusing on AFT’s four pillars: promoting children’s well-being, supporting powerful learning, building teacher capacity, and fostering school and community collaboration.

Shital oversees AFT’s inter-departmental community school strategy, as well as the Center for School Improvement Institute, supporting both local field and national efforts.  She has spent over a decade working in the field of community schools policy and practice.  Through her work with local and national partners, she provides support and training to state and local affiliates related to policy, advocacy and school and district implementation of approaches to the community school strategy and extended learning time, including implications for collective bargaining.  She currently sits on the National Coalition for Community Schools Steering Committee, where she advises on the Coalition’s strategic priorities.

She also manages AFT’s Innovation Fund grant-making efforts with a $1m budget, directed towards AFT’s priorities, making sure to lift up and connect on the ground best-practices as they relate to AFT’s education priorities to the philanthropic world, strengthening communication and partnerships between various AFT funders (private, corporate, individual, public, family foundations, government and others).

Previously, as the Manager of Policy & Partnerships, with the Coalition for Community Schools, she was responsible for partnership development and management at the local and national levels; federal and state policy coordination; and helping develop federal policy recommendations and briefs.

Shital holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Social Policy from Milano the New School for Management and Urban Policy, in New York City. She obtained her BS in Environmental Studies and BA in Religion at George Washington University in Washington, DC.

Her recent publications include: 

“The Power of Community Schools,” Voices in Urban Education, 2015, No. 40. 

“Successful and Sustainable Community Schools: The Union as an Essential Ingredient,” Spring 2017, American Federation of Teachers.