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Shalita O'Neale


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 15 years of experience in launching, building and sustaining youth and young adult- serving 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), 2018 – Secretary’s Servant Leader Award, Maryland Department of Human Services. Shalita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Masters of Social Work with a Concentration in Community Organizing from the University of Maryland Baltimore and is a proud graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2013 Leadership Program and 2018 Maryland Department of Human Services Leadership Development Initiative. 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.