Shirley Ginwright Bio

“It takes the community to identify and implement changes, and the community includes everyone.”


Shirley Ginwright is the CEO of Ginwright Consulting, LLC, a minority, woman owned corporation specializing in building sustainable, trusting relationships between local communities and their police force.  In this capacity, she consult with and assist police departments in identifying issues that could have a negative impact on the community they serve, and help identify resolutions.  She provides training to help identify and understand racial bias.  She helps to organize community members, organizations and leaders in reviewing and developing policies, procedures and programs. She assist with implementation of recommendations from President Obama’s Task force for 21st Century Policing and the 2020 George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

She lives by example.  In 2014, she established the Communities of Trust Committee, along with the Fairfax County Chief of Police, Sheriff, Fire Chief and Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.  Shirley was concerned with the incidents in Ferguson, MO and wanted to be “proactive” in ensuring nothing of that nature happened in Fairfax County, VA.  The committee was established to build and enhance positive relationships between public safety agencies and the communities they serve.  It has over 60 members that include community members, community leaders, public safety agencies and departments, faith groups, businesses, and organizations.  Shirley has chaired the committee since its inception.  In January 2018 she became a substitute teacher to help her understand what was creating the “school to prison pipeline” and other educational inequities and how to help eradicate the problem.  She has over 30 years experience in building or reconstructing sound processes for business’ and community engagement. She has an extensive background in creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce.

You can often find Shirley speaking at conferences, on panels, webinars, podcasts, teaching a class or giving impromptu remarks.  She has spoken at conferences sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has appeared on numerous television and radio programs.  

Shirley is a leader and passionate about community and public safety engagements.  She served two terms as President of the Fairfax County NAACP; member of the Fairfax County Police Department (FCPD) Chief of Police Diversity Counsel for Recruitment; Former Commissioner on the Ad Hoc Commission for the Review of Police Policies and Procedures where she chaired 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 (; former Chair of the Virginia State Conference NAACP Criminal Justice Committee; and served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).  Under VA Governor McAulliff, she served on the Commonwealth Commission for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. In January 2020, she was appointed, by Governor Northam, to serve on the Commonwealth’s African American Advisory Board. She is also a member of the Fairfax County Chairman’s Task Force on Equity.

Shirley meets with National, State and Local officials to initiate support for criminal justice reform.  Shirley has created a model to help build community trust and sustainable relationships that can be implemented throughout the country.  She has received numerous awards for her community engagement and advocacy to include:  Martha Pinnino Community Service Award, Citizen of the Year Certificate of Merit, Lady Fairfax, FBI Director’s Community  Leadership Award, and Faithful Servant Community Leadership Award.