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LaShawndra Vernon

  • Lecturer, Criminal Justice-General

LaShawndra Vernon is a driven creative entrepreneur committed to promoting equity. With extensive experience as a mediator, she specializes in translating international human rights treaties and sustainability goals into practical local policy. She is a crisis analysis & mitigation (CAM) coach, serving arts and culture institutions in disaster preparedness. LaShawndra is a published author of training programs on conflict transformation, violence prevention, and harm reduction. Her expertise in public health research and public policy reform has been instrumental in driving policy, systems and environmental change. LaShawndra is also known as Firey Phoenix, a dynamic multidisciplinary artist, writer, and archivist.

LaShawndra is a strategic and experienced administrator with a proven track record of success in developing and implementing innovative programs that support growth and sustainability in public health, arts, and culture sectors. She is passionate about using the arts to create positive change in the world.

LaShawndra is the chair of the Bronzeville Advisory Committee for the City of Milwaukee as well as a member of the Cultural Artistic & Musical Programming Advisory Council (CAMPAC) for Milwaukee County.


  • M.A., Public Service, Certificate in Dispute Resolution, Marquette University
  • B.S., Human Services and Criminal Justice, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts