Marsheda is a staff attorney at BPI focused on issues related to the transformation of the criminal legal system. In that work, she supports grassroots coalition work and provides creative policy and strategic support to various community and institutional stakeholders. Marsheda joined BPI in 2018 as a Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellow, and her work at BPI has also included a focus on police accountability. She has supported the work of the community organizations to create a community oversight board for the Chicago Police Department.
Marsheda received a JD cum laude from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law in 2018. During law school, she worked with the MacArthur Justice Center, Lawndale Christian Legal Center, and ACLU of Michigan, and served as Vice President of Events for the Black Law Students Association. Before law school, she taught 7th and 10th grade English in Washington, D.C., as a Teach for America Corps member. Marsheda is from Lansing, Michigan, and graduated with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a BA in English and African and African American Studies. Marsheda also devotes her time to supporting women and girls in identifying who they are, pursuing their purpose, and owning the power that comes from doing so.
As a former English major, Marsheda is driven by the power of narrative to transform lives: the narrative associated with an issue, the story that is missing to inform policy, and the narrative that must be shared to motivate collective action. As the daughter of immigrants and great-great-granddaughter of sharecroppers, Marsheda moves with a sense of purpose to ensure that the perspectives she represents and those with the least access to power inform her work.