CEA Team Member
Nonprofit Associate Consultant
Shalita “The Nonprofitista” O’Neale is a highly trusted and nationally recognized professional both inside and outside of nonprofit circles. She launched her first nonprofit organization when she was just 25 years old and raised over 2 million dollars for its work in under 8 years.
Shalita decided to become a Nonprofit Development Coach as a way to use her 13 years of experience in launching, building and sustaining non-profit organizations and non-profit programs to help other Non-profit Visionaries do the same.
It is Shalita’s goal to equip Nonprofit Executives with the tools and information necessary to build and expand thriving organizations, in turn strengthening communities in which these organizations operate.
Shalita’s most recent honors include:
2013—one of Baltimore Magazine’s “40 Under 40”
2015—one of Prince George’s County Social Innovation Funds' “Forty under 40”
2015—one of Baltimore Business Journal's “40 Under 40”
2017—named “Maryland Mom of the Year” by the American Mothers’ Organization (founded by Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and that originally established Mother’s Day as a national holiday)
Shalita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Maryland Baltimore. She serves on the Children’s Justice Act Committee (CJAC), she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Bureau of Maryland and a proud graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2013 Leadership Program.
Shalita has spoken nationally and internationally at numerous seminars, conferences and workshops and takes every opportunity to emphasize the importance of community collaborations and partnerships. Shalita does not believe in reinventing the wheel, instead, she understands that community organizations and non-profits must learn from and support each other to improve outcomes for the under-resourced populations they serve.
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