New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
“Some people talk change, others influence change.”
I will influence change in my community through grassroots initiatives. I will ensure residents are represented and included by having a voice at the table in the upcoming development of Wilmington. I yearn for people to have livable wages, to be financially empowered, and to have careers to take care of themselves and their families. I want residents to feel safe in their community, increase homeownership, and feel proud to be a Wilmingtonian.
I want to see these changes, because I am a mother. A mother of 3 girls (Saniyah, 11; Samirah, 4; & Skai 2). Being a mother has heightened my activism and organizing passion about injustices in the City of Wilmington. I was born and raised in North Wilmington, to an immigrant Jamaican mother and step-father. From a very tender age I have been outspoken and passionate about inequities in the world ranging from race, politics, animals, and the environment.
At the end of my high school senior year, I became pregnant and delivered my 1st daughter over the winter break between the first and second semester of college. However, this adversity did not stop my success. I graduated from Temple University with a bachelor’s in Mass Communication & African American Studies and a master’s in Africana Studies. I have served for 7 years in the Army National Guard. I work with young adults from the Wilmington area providing them with support services and employability skills to go to college, the military, advance training, an apprenticeship, or a career path.
I am the owner of Shané Nicole Darby Professional Services, where I work with individuals and businesses to help them understand the importance of financial literacy with a focus on money and budget management and strategic ways to invest.
I know I am qualified to assist in the positive shift in Wilmington, because:
I am a business owner.
I am a zealous community organizer and activist.
I believe in grassroots initiatives.
I have organized around Women’s Rights and racial inequality.
I am an advocate for maternal justice and rights for Black Women.
I opened a Community Art Garden dedicated to my uncle who passed away and battled with addiction.
I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Poor People's Campaign, Network Delaware, Brandywine Village Association.
Through the Most High, my ancestors have given me the power to be unafraid to stand up for injustices and pursue my passion.