Sana Shaikh, Ph.D., M.S.

Dr. Sana Shaikh is an expert in organizational change management, culturally responsive organizational practices, and diversity, equity, and inclusion programmatic initiatives. She has over 14 years of experience in operations, policy research, and project management. 

A 2011 Teach for America corps member, Dr. Shaikh spent two years teaching 11th grade English in Baltimore City. She later joined Teach for America staff, working as Manager, Teacher Leadership Development, and coaching 30 K-12 leaders from throughout Denver. She has served in various capacities on the national operations and admissions teams. Her experience has ranged from policy to non-profit and has taken her from Denver, Colorado working with Senator Mike Johnston, to New Orleans, Louisiana for Americorps partnerships to Humjibre, Ghana to help steward positive social change. 

She holds two Bachelors degrees from the University of California Berkeley in Political Science and Near Eastern Studies – Islamic Civilizations, two Masters degrees; one from Johns Hopkins in Urban Studies and one from Brandeis University in Social Policy and Management, and a Ph.D. in Social Policy and Management in Assets and Inequalities. She has completed her DEI certification from eCornell. Her mixed methods dissertation utilizes both qualitative and quantitative data to analyze the intersection of racial identity and relational coordination in cultivating culturally responsive classrooms. 

Dr. Shaikh has had the privilege of presenting her research both domestically and globally, in Relational Coordination Roundtables that have taken from Portland, Oregon to Copenhagen, Denmark. 

She has attained numerous fellowships throughout her career: she was a recipient of the Harvard Kennedy School Rappaport Fellowship, the Leadership for Educational Equity Fellowship, the InSPIRED Fellowship through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and more recently, serves as a 50Can National Voices Fellow. In all these spaces, she is committed to using data to create meaningful programmatic initiatives and quantifiable and equitable policy change. 

In the past, Dr. Shaikh has been a thought partner and facilitator for Achievement First, Civitas, Mursion, and the Ghana Health Education Initiative, and The Collective, among others.

She lives in Farmington/Avon with her husband, Dr. Rayhan Shaikh, and three-year-old twins, Amal and Amin Shaikh

About Her

Dr. Shaikh has been interviewed for multiple platforms including Glamour, The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Leadership for Education Equity, Medium, SouthAsianStories, and her alma mater, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Born in Pakistan, raised in California, Dr. Shaikh grew up in an affluent, predominantly white enclave in Northern California. Daughter of an engineer and teacher, she was passionate about education and systems change since she was a child. She is multilingual, in Urdu/Hindi, Punjabi, and English. In her leisure time, she loves to travel and spend time with her loved ones. 


What She Does

Dr. Shaikh lives the core values of authenticity, courage, and resilience. Data-driven, relationship-driven, and results-driven, she is an expert in identifying organizational gaps and leveraging compassion and purpose to create systems-level change. She has over a decade in co-creating and providing the following services:

  1. Targeted Leadership Coaching
  2. Developing and Facilitating Anti-Racist Workshops
  3. Creating high-level DEI Organizational Roadmaps and C-Suite Strategy 

All services are customizable and can be made remote.