Introducing our New Board Member: Shannon Polk

Introducing our New Board Member: Shannon Polk


For the past few months, we've been conducting a national search for three new board members to join the YNPN National team.

Now, we are proud to announce that the search is over and we have selected Shannon Polk to help build and shape our unique culture throughout the staff and the network:


Shannon Polk is a consultant and attorney, specializing in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She has worked to promote social and economic justice for disadvantaged communities and develop leadership training programs for women and people of color. 

Known for initiating bold projects, Shannon helped pass Michigan’s first anti-discrimination law for breastfeeding mothers as the first executive director for Michigan Breastfeeding Network. She created the Passing the Leadership Baton program in 2009, which is embedded in the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF).  She was one of the founding co-chairs of the Michigan chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and recently helped CMF redesign their mentoring programming for emerging leaders.

Shannon is passionate about philanthropy, politics/law, and preaching.  As a result, she started Leadership Solutions, a nonprofit consulting company, whose clients include the Council of Michigan Foundations, and The Center for Leadership Innovation.  Additionally, she founded Polk Legal, PLLC, a nonprofit law and estate planning legal practice.   She recently earned a doctor of ministry candidate at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, where her research focus is women of color in ministry leadership.  Shannon remains very involved in her hometown of Flint, Michigan as a member of the local chapters of Rotary International, The Links, Inc., the Junior League, Jack and Jill of America, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

You can follow Shannon at @shas  or at

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