Mangle Shanks

Mangle Shanks

Jackson Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2020-21, Economic Opportunities Program

Mississippi State Coordinator, Building Healthy Military Communities, Jackson, Mississippi

Mangle L. Shanks is the State Coordinator for Building Healthy Military Communities (BHMC). In this role she is responsible for identifying resources and developing strategic partnerships to secure the overall well-being of Service Members and their families, especially those who are geographically dispersed throughout the state. All efforts in this position are geared toward promoting a formidable and healthy force to protect our national security through the lens of readiness, recruitment, retention, and resiliency. As a humanitarian and public health professional, she believes that real success and the fulfillment of life can only be achieved by maintaining well-being across all health dimensions, serving others, and most importantly, allowing God to lead and direct your steps. Previously, Mangle has extensively assisted Service Members, Youths and Older Workers in the employment and training arena. She graduated from Jackson State University with an MBA and from Walden University with a Ph.D. in Public Health with a concentration in community health.

Mangle Shanks is a member of the Jackson Workforce Leadership Academy Class of 2020-21, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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