SHANÉ N. DARBY

2nd District Council Member

Shané Darby is a mother of three beautiful girls. She was born and raised in the 2nd District at 27th and Creston to an immigrant Jamaican mother and step- father. Proud of my roots, I have decided to raise my family around the corner, in a city I believe in.

Wilmington has been in my blood since the beginning. Towards the end of my senior year at Mount Pleasant High School, I became pregnant with my first daughter. Despite knowing the tough road ahead, I continued my education at Temple University, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication & African Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Africana Studies.

Motherhood paired with these passions would inspire me to later establish Black Mothers in Power. Black Mothers in Power is a statewide, non-profit organization founded on empowering Black Mothers by building awareness, creating educational programming and lobbying for legislation addressing racial inequity among mothers in our community. I also recently completed training to become a Postpartum Doula.

Professionally, I witness the inequality our youth face on a daily basis. As a Child Behavioral Therapist, I work closely with children who have experienced trauma and/or have behavioral issues throughout the city of Wilmington. My experience has provided insight in the lack of community resources and youth development, as well as supplanting my passion for reinvigorating youth projects; focused on establishing local community centers and extra-curricular activities that teach our kids the necessary skills to succeed in all walks of life.

Like most of us today the need for housing reform, criminal justice reform, and protection for the working class and Wilmington’s poor families are the most pressing concerns on my mind. I realized I needed to take a more direct approach to community activism, transforming my ability as a community organizer into a tangible leadership position within my hometown.

As an active member of the Army National Guard since 2012, I serve as a paralegal. I am also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Poor People’s Campaign, Network Delaware, Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, and the Brandywine Village Association. These affiliations have provided me with the necessary network and professional skill set to affect legislative change in our community through grassroots initiatives. I am solution-oriented and results-driven and as your City Council Representative, I will be the connector between ALL neighborhoods in the 2nd District.

Standing Committees of Council

Council Member Darby is a member of the:

  • Intergovernmental Committee (Vice Chair)
  • Community Development & Urban Planning
  • Education, Youth & Families
  • Personnel Committees

Council Member Darby is also a member of the Cable, Video and Telecommunications Commission.

 

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