Shanika Jones
Business Officer II, University of Memphis

Shanika Jones was born and raised in a tight knit community in Jackson, TN. Her passion for business started at an early age through her grandfather, an entrepreneur who owned several businesses. She has served in higher education accounting and finance for over ten years and currently serves as the Business Officer for the University Libraries at the University of Memphis. Shanika has been working to empower herself and her community around understanding the importance of sustainable businesses. She is a graduate of Tennessee State University, where she holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Finance as well as an MBA. She graduated at the top of her class in the Economics and Finance department and was presented with the Hefner Award, named in honor of the late, great Dr. James Hefner. Shanika started a 501c3 non-profit with three childhood friends, titled Sisters in Action, with the mission of tackling major issues that are affecting young girls in today's society. She has a passion for economic empowerment and financial literacy for disadvantaged communities. As a movement builder, she often serves her community by empowering them through direct action organizing. Shanika serves her community as a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta, Inc., a basketball mom, and small business owner of T-Shirt Headz. She currently sits on the board of the National African American Photo Archive and is the Staff Vice President of the Association of Black Faculty and Staff at the University of Memphis. She is a doctoral candidate at the University of Memphis in the Higher and Adult Education program where her research focus is workforce investment and creating sustainable economic opportunities. She resides in Memphis with her husband, Henry, and their son.