Alumna Stasha Rhodes ’13 to head gun and crime policy for major DC think tank


SULC Alumna Stasha M. Rhodes (’13) recently took a position as the Director of Advocacy for Guns and Crime Policy at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C. In this position, she will develop and execute national, state, and local strategies and campaigns to further American Progress’ policy goals.

“I’m excited to join such a remarkable organization of progressive leaders. I look forward to working with CAP’s talented staff to promote thoughtful policy proposals with the hope that they lead to impactful change.”

Stasha 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 American Heart Association’s Louisiana Director of Government Affairs where she led legislative outreach efforts around major policy developments to advance cardiovascular health, including, hands-on CPR training in schools (Burke Cobb Act), increasing Louisiana’s tobacco excise tax, and the passage of the Smoke-Free New Orleans ordinance.

Stasha’s diligent work at the American Heart Association won her numerous awards including, the “National Campaign Manager of the Year,”  “National Cass Wheeler Collaboration Award,” and “Greater Southeast Affiliate Rookie of the Year.”

Prior to joining the AHA, Stasha 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.

Stasha, a proud native of Napoleonville, LA, began her career as a legislative aide in the Louisiana legislature. She was also a health policy fellow at the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) in Washington D.C.

Stasha graduated from Southern University and A&M College, where she received a bachelor’s in Political Science.