A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, LaShunda S. Hill lives by the philosophy “one should pursue excellence not for self-benefit, but to better the world around them.” She has committed her life and career to serving the needs of youth facing multidimensional risks. LaShunda is an experienced youth advocate, and has been recognized for her leadership, intellectual ability, and passion for making a difference. While earning an Ed.M. in adolescent prevention science and practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, LaShunda received training in developing policies and programs that aim to minimize or eliminate barriers to achievement for youth facing risk factors in their lives. She specializes in policy and programming for low-income, homeless, court-involved, and foster youth and currently works as a senior associate in juvenile justice policy at The Pew Charitable Trusts.