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This profile was last updated on 10/14/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Mrs. Sharon Hanshaw

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Employment History

  • Coordinator
    Coastal Women for Change
  • Executive Director
    Coastal Women for Change
  • Executive Director
    Costal Women for Change
  • Policy Officer
    Oxfam America Inc
  • Executive Director
  • Educator
    Star Education Center

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Coastal Women for Change
  • Active Member
    Biloxi Chapter NAACP
  • Assistant Secretary
    Biloxi Chapter NAACP
121 Total References
Web References
Mrs. Hanshaw is a native of ..., 14 Oct 2014 [cached]
Mrs. Hanshaw is a native of Biloxi, born August 9, 1954 to the late Rev. and Mrs. Louis Peyton.
Mrs. Hanshaw is a graduate of Biloxi High School class of 1972. She went on to establish her own beauty salon which she operated for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Hanshaw has followed in the footsteps of her father as she has committed herself to a lifetime of community service. She has worked with the Star Education Center which offered free literacy classes for local residents. Mrs. Hanshaw is an active member of the Biloxi Chapter NAACP where she serves as the Asst. Secretary.
Mrs. Hanshaw has three daughters who are also very active and instrumental in community efforts. Along with working within CWC they are active members of the local NAACP chapter. With her daughter and 2 grandchildren at her side Mrs. Hanshaw is ensuring that the family's service to community is being carried on.
Since Aug 29, 2005 she has focused her energy towards enabling the community in the rebuilding process and overcoming the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Her efforts led her to a group of women looking for a way to voice their concerns about the direction and future of the community. Through her efforts and with the support of the faithful few Coastal Women for Change was born. In part, due to the generous funding of the 21st Century Foundation, Coastal Women for Change became a recognized non-profit organization on May 8, 2006. The efforts of CWC has quickly become the model of grassroots involvement throughout the community across the coast .
As each hurricane season approaches, Mrs. Hanshaw has become a force of nature, creating a database of emergency contacts and prescriptions, and proposing ideas such as using public television or Wal-Mart to disseminate the locations of displaced community members, holding a women's healing retreat in Hattiesburg or Gulfport, and promoting financial literacy for people receiving disaster assistance and insurance money. She's also vocal about the physical and mental health hazards of confined trailer housing for so many Mississippians, including herself.
Sharing issues, hardships and solutions with survivors of a similar tragedy from half way around the world has given Mrs. Hanshaw a new perspective and a drive to move forward. Picture Sharon Hanshaw has been selected for inclusion in the International Women's Leadership Association.
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Sharon Hanshaw, coordinator for Coastal Women for Change in East Biloxi, is a former hairdresser who rose to the occasion and made it her mission to help people stay in the community.She explained some of the political and economic difficulties of the situation.
She believes that the casinos in the area are playing a waiting game."If you get tired enough, you'll leave, and they'll make it all like Las Vegas here."She just shakes her head and says, "But we're not going anywhere."
This morning, we met with Sharon Hanshaw of Coastal Women for Change, who talked about the efforts of the members of the community to rebuild their lives and homes.She talked about their struggles to be recognized by the people in city government and to get political power for the local residents.
Biloxi native Sharon Hanshaw ... [cached]
Biloxi native Sharon Hanshaw grew up here. Before the storm, she operated a hair salon out of her home. After Katrina transformed her home into a pile of rubble, Hanshaw found herself starting over at age 51. After spending nearly a year sleeping on others' couches, she started speaking out about the lack of affordable housing, child care and jobs for women. She founded the nonprofit Coastal Women For Change in 2006, and has become a representative for Mississippi on international panels about Katrina Recovery. She says several East Biloxi businesses never reopened after the storm and, to support the community, the city needs to focus on helping minority businesses and homes.
"What we are seeing is new development that does not meet the people's criteria," Hanshaw says. "There are no jobs or affordable housing. ... Sometimes you just can't wrap your head around it."
Hanshaw recently took on another fight when the Biloxi Public School Board voted to close East Biloxi's Nicholas Elementary School in July.
The district also reportedly discovered they had $10 million in savings, which Hanshaw says is a sign that politics are at play.
After the school board said that they'd close the school, the Kellogg Foundation announced that it would supply the district with a $1.3 million grant for the district to reopen the school. The school board is expected to address the offer at its Sept. 21 meeting.
"It's a new school. You can't make sense out of it," Hanshaw says.
NCBCP: Community Leaders Assemble For Intensive Training Focued On Voter Protection, 29 July 2008 [cached]
Sharon Hanshaw, executive director of Costal Women for Change in Biloxi, MS, said she learned a lot from the training and believes the campaign addresses the real concerns of workers on the ground.
"We will continue to registering new voters, however, the larger focus of the Unity '08 Black Campaign is to make sure voters verify their names on the voter rolls, locate their polling place in advance, and know their rights at the polls before they go cast their ballot," Hanshaw adds.
Sharon Hanshaw, Executive ..., 20 June 2012 [cached]
Sharon Hanshaw, Executive Director, Coastal Women For Change (CWC), Biloxi, Mississippi, USA: organized public forums on federal emergency management, education, affordable housing, elevated the voices of poor and minority communities around severe climate events such as Hurricane Katrina.
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