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CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
DETROIT PARENT NETWORK
Sharlonda Buckman is Chief Executive Officer of Detroit Parent Network, a premier nonprofit organization that transforms parents to make Detroit a better place to raise and educate children. Buckman, born and raised in Detroit, earned her Master's degree in Community Economic Development from the University of New Hampshire. She has been a powerful agent for change in the human service field for more than 20 years.
Buckman is recognized as a leader in Detroit’s education landscape, serving on the boards of Communities In Schools, New Detroit, Michigan Future, and Excellent Schools Detroit. She has been the recipient of several awards including the Judge Wade McCree Jr. Friend of Children Award, the Spirit of Detroit, and the Community Service Legacy Award from the Michigan Chronicle. Buckman was also recognized in 2011 as Crain’s Detroit Business 40-Under-40. She has served as a national spokesperson for parents, having been featured on MSNBC’s “Making the Grade” town hall meetings and the “Education Nation” broadcast series. Buckman is a mother, a wife and a committed member of the Detroit community.
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