Shijuade Kadree currently serves as the Chief Advocacy Officer for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City. She is an alumna of Emory University where she graduated with a joint degree with the Schools of Law and Public Health, specifically focusing on Global Environmental Health. A former defense attorney with Brooklyn Defender Services, Shijuade has significant government relations, policy, strategic planning and stakeholder cultivation and engagement experience. Her current work as the Chief Advocacy Officer for The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center means she is responsible for creating, implementing, and directing the annual legislative and fiscal lobbying strategy to support its powerful programs and to advocate for equity and inclusion of the larger LGBTQ community in New York State. Shijuade centers her approach from a black, queer, feminist perspective, believing that when all of those needs are engaged and addressed, all will benefit from the outcome. She has worked with all levels of government, for-profit, and non-profit actors, to ensure that the work being done is thoughtful, innovative, and inclusive, with an explicitly intersectional lens. Her legislative and organizational policy drafting and implementation experience, across multiple interests and sectors, informs the incisive and proactive approach to her changemaking work. A recipient of multiple awards for her work, she is also a sought after speaker, panelist, commentator, and moderator. She can be sought out for professional consulting services through her firm, Compass Strategies Consulting. Shijuade resides in New York City with her wife and children.