Shireen is the founder and Executive Director of Digital Sisters/Sistas, Inc. a non-profit organization focused on using media and technology to access self-sufficiency tools for women and children who are traditionally underserved. Shireen has twenty years of technology, human services, and non profit experience. She has combined information and communication technologies (ICT) with policy, advocacy, and education to support underserved communities.
Shireen is president of the Board of CTCNet, a national affiliation of initiatives and organizations around the country which collectively promote effective technology integration for the social, civic, and economic security into the lives of low-income communities.
Shireen works to promote equity and access for women as the Chair of the Media and Technology Taskforce of the National Council of Women's Organizations. She is also the Vice Chair and has served as the Younger Women's Taskforce Co-Chair. Addressing issues from Imus to Thomas, She is a member of the Women's Coalition for Dignity and Diversity in the Media.
As an author she has written "Gaining Daily Access to Science and Technology" in the book 50 Ways to Improve Women's Lives and "Access to Technology: Race, Gender, Class Bias" in the publication The Scholar and Feminist Online. Shireen has written articles including "What Does Tech Have to Do with Women's Rights" and continues to blog about women, tech, policy, and media issues.
Ms. Mitchell speaks on topics about the impact of technology on communities across the country, appearing on radio shows such as NPR's Tavis Smiley and presenting on various topics including "How Technology Savvy Secures Economic Stability."
Shireen was born and raised in the projects of New York City, playing video games before they could be played on televisions and designing BBS boards prior to the Web going world wide.