Stasha M. Rhodes is the director of advocacy for Guns and Crime Policy at American Progress. Rhodes was most recently the founder and principal of The Red Team, LLC, an advocacy firm specializing in issue campaign management, grassroots organizing, and government relations. Previously, she served as the Louisiana director of government affairs for the American Heart Association, or AHA, where she led legislative outreach efforts around major policy developments to advance cardiovascular health, including hands-on CPR training in schools, or the Burke Cobb Act; increasing Louisiana’s tobacco excise tax; and the passage of the smoke-free New Orleans ordinance.
Rhodes received numerous awards for her diligent work at the AHA, including the National Cass Wheeler Collaboration Award, National Campaign Manager of the Year, and Greater Southeast Affiliate Rookie of the Year.
Prior to joining the AHA, Rhodes served as a grassroots organizer with Together Baton Rouge, a broad-based coalition of institutions in the Greater Baton Rouge area. As an organizer, she worked with congregations and community organizations to help address food deserts in low-income areas of north Baton Rouge.
Rhodes, a proud native of Napoleonville, Louisiana, graduated from Southern University and A&M College, where she received a bachelor’s degree in political science. She also received a J.D. from the Southern University Law Center. She currently lives in Washington, D.C., with her wife, Sherrie.