LaShonda KennedyLaShonda Kennedy has joined CSM’s Workforce Development department as the new program services coordinator. She has extensive experience in project management, workforce development, community outreach and program development and evaluation.

“I am excited about the opportunity to develop a co-op/Internship program from the ground up,” LaShonda commented. “Our hope is that CSM students use their college experience to help them select a career field and to increase their awareness of local career opportunities.”

LaShonda received her undergraduate degree in communications, and her master’s degree in counseling education from Wake Forest University. She started her career in corporate human resources and project management, then transitioned to the public school system. She worked in the Denver Public Schools and at Kirkwood Community College.

LaShonda has been a board member of the African American Museum of Iowa, the Iowa Women’s Foundation and the United Way of Johnson and Washington Counties. She is still a member of the Association of Junior League’s International Governance Board and the Corporate Roundtable Board of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.