Capacity Building Specialist
Shawn Demmons is a queer African American transman committed to social and racial justice. Shawn is engaged in community activism aimed to improve the lives of those most marginalized in our society. He has organized and participated in numerous community events in an effort to increase public education and awareness about issues such as access to health care inside California prisons, linkage to care for newly diagnosed HIV positive individuals in low-income communities, and the social, political, economic marginalization of transgender individuals.
Shawn formerly served as the Chair of the Board Directors for the Transgender Law Center and also as the Program Manager for Black Brothers Esteem, a program of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation (SFAF) that utilizes community engagement to improve HIV-related health outcomes among African-American gay, bisexual, same-gender-loving, and transgender/gender-variant folks. Shawn has an undergraduate degree in Black Studies and a Masters in Public Health from San Francisco State University.