Shirley A. Ginwright is a native of Montgomery, Alabama. She was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement, marching with the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and participating in sit-in demonstrations in downtown Montgomery. She remains an activist, defending, protecting and fighting for the civil and voting rights of all citizens.
Ms. Ginwright is a Federal government retiree. During her 37 years of service she held positions moving herthrough the ranks, retiring as a senior manager in the information technology and cyber security field. In January 2018, she came out of retirement and became a full-time elementary school Teacher in the Fairfax County Public School system. Shirley has been an EEO Counselor and Representative. She continues to represent employees on cases of discrimination.
Upon retiring she obtained a degree in Legal Studies and is working towards a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. She served two terms as President of the Fairfax County NAACP and is a Silver Life member of the organization; secretary of the Northwest Fons Council – USA; member of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) Chief of Police Diversity Counsel for Recruitment; Commissioner on the Ad Hoc Commission for the Review of Police Policies and Procedures; Chair of the Sub-Committee for Recruitment, Diversity, Vetting and Retention; Member of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Advisory Board; Chair of the Fairfax County Communities of Trust Committee (www.communitiesoftrust.com) enhancing relationships between the communities and public safety agencies; former Chair of the Virginia State Conference NAACP Criminal Justice Committee; and past member of the Board of Directors for the Virginia National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). She was appointed by VA Governor McAullif to serve on the Commonwealth Commission for Diversity, Equality and Inclusion.
Although not a registered lobbyist, she meets with Local, State and National officials requesting their initiation of and/or support of legislation that would change the laws of the criminal justice system. She was instrumental in having three bills introduced pertaining to criminal justice reform. Shirley is working with several jurisdictions in the development of Communities of Trust Committees in their areas of responsibility. Additionally, she is working to help develop and implement the Restorative Justice and Alternative Accountability Models in Virginia schools and Juvenile Justice Courts.