The CIG Team

Shantè Palmer

Senior Vice PresidentShante HS (2)
Shante is a public affairs executive, community advocate and college professor. Her tenure in government, community relations, higher education and grassroots campaigns spans over a decade and demonstrates exceptional experience and professional distinction.

Prior to joining CIG as Senior Vice President, Shante served as Senior Projects Specialist for U.S. Senator Cory Booker. In her capacity as Senior Projects Specialist she acted as a liaison to federal, state, and local agencies, represented the Senator at public events throughout the state, maintained networks of contacts with organizations, legislators, and community leaders, hosted events, and formed effective relationships on behalf of the Senator. In addition, she has served as an Advisor for U.S. Senator Jeff Chiesa and as Project Specialist for the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg where she was responsible for project development in the statewide issue areas related to housing, education, small business, economic development, and urban issues.

Shante began her career at the National Labor Relations Board, where she served as Compliance Specialist responsible for coordinating compliance on settlements, Court Judgments, and Board Orders in the NJ Regional Office. She also served as Project Associate at the Center for Law and Metropolitan Equity at Rutgers Law School, Executive Board member of the Montclair NAACP, and as a Board Member for Montclair’s affordable housing organization, HOMECorp.

Shante is a proven leader with key relationships and expertise that has helped solidify her as one of New Jersey’s 50 Powerful Young Black Democrats, listed on PolitickerNJ by the New Jersey Young Democrats of America. Shante has worked as an advocate for expanding access to education, economic opportunities, civic engagement, and community sustainability. She serves on numerous grassroots campaigns in Essex County, and is alumnus of Emerge New Jersey, the premier political leadership training program for Democratic women. Lastly, Shante currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Essex County College, where she teaches American Government.

Shante is alumnus of Essex County College, Montclair State University, and received her Executive Masters in Public Administration (EMPA) from Rutgers-Newark. Her current positions and previous experience exemplify her dedication and continued involvement with public, community, and political organizations.