Shannon Cuttle

Board of Education

Shannon will continue to be a voice for the LGBTQ community on the South Orange/Maplewood Board of Education!


Shannon Cuttle is a recognized national leader in the safe schools movement. As a leader and advocate for over 20 years, Shannon has driven innovation in education and civil rights policy including LGBTQ+ rights, advocacy and programming at the city, state, and federal levels focused on creating inclusive safe schools for all communities. Their background in equity and inclusion, policymaking, advocacy and research has led to successful statewide, national and international educational and civil rights policy implementation, and best practices for students, schools and communities. 
In 2018, Shannon was elected to serve their first term on the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education, making them the first known openly transgender non-binary elected official in the state of New Jersey, where they also currently serve as First Vice President. In 2020, Shannon was elected by the Essex County School Board Association to serve on the New Jersey Schools Boards Association (NJSBA) Board of Directors. In 2021, Shannon was also elected by the Essex County School Board Association to serve as Vice President of ECSBA also making them the first trans/non-binary person to be elected to both positions.  
They were also first elected in 2017 as a Essex County Democratic District Leader and they were re-elected in 2021. Shannon was also a 2020 New Jersey Biden Delegate to the Democratic National Convention and was the first known transgender elected official selected to serve. 

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