With more than a decade of experience, Shekira C. Dennis has a proven track record of success as a political strategist and public engagement expert. As the managing partner of Next Wave Strategic Consulting Group, she provides valuable insight for various national, statewide and local political and issue-based campaigns.
In 2020, Dennis served as the Texas Coalitions Director for the Biden-Harris presidential campaign, tasked with engaging and mobilizing diverse constituency groups, which played a significant role in the campaign’s eventual victory.
Dennis has had the opportunity to lend her talents in conducting demographic research, fundraising and strategic communications to other political campaigns and government leaders. She served as an organizing fellow on the Obama for President campaign in Charlotte, North Carolina, and is a proud alumna of the White House Internship Program, where she worked in the Office of Presidential Personnel in the Obama Administration.
In Texas, her work statewide allowed her to serve as an IGNITE Texas facilitator, where she led KIPP Houston and Sunnyside campuses, encouraging and empowering young women to run for office. She also worked as a program coordinator at the Texans Together Education Fund, where she engaged low propensity voters in underserved communities to exercise their right to vote. She went on to become the deputy political director for the Sylvester Turner for Mayor Campaign. She has also served as the Community Outreach Director for the Harris County District Attorney, Kim Ogg.
Dennis has received numerous accolades for her accomplishments including being named to the list of Texas Coalition of Black Democrats 40 Under 40; one of the Top 50 Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs of Texas by D-Mars Business Journal; a Houston Black Leadership Institute Community Champion; and Game Changer of the Year by the She Said. She Led organization.
Dennis is a graduate of the Houston Black Leadership Institute (HBLI), and the prestigious Women’s Campaign School at Yale. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and journalism from the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University where she served as the 64th President of the Student Government Association.
Expertise: Texas politics, criminal justice, policy, racism, environmental racism
Location: Houston, TX; Austin, TX