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Pretrial Justice Institute
200 East Pratt Street, Suite 4100
Baltimore, MD 21202

(667) 281-9141

Shavonte Keaton

Shavonte Keaton

Senior Associate, Local Change Work


My work at PJI is guided by my experiences as a former foster youth and child of a formerly incarcerated parent. Those experiences, in conjunction with my legal education, propel my deep commitment to being a thoughtful changemaker and advocate who strives to create processes to bridge the gap between systems and impacted communities to create safer and healthier outcomes for all people.

In the span of my 15-year career, I’ve worked as a peer and professional advocate for foster youth, served as a case manager for homeless youth and families, and provided legal services for vulnerable and marginalized communities — all with the goal of partnering with those most impacted to create solutions to the distinct challenges and barriers that system impacted folks and their families face.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, tending to my plants, watching true crime documentaries, and cultivating my natural hair brand.

What's a fun fact about you?

Growing up, I wanted to be a pediatrician, but then realized math is not my superpower. I'm so grateful I became a lawyer instead!