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Shamiah Kerney
Shamiah Kerney

Senior Analyst
United States Government Accountability Office

Shamiah T. Kerney is motivational, ambitious, energetic, and personable, but most of all is a visionary and a change agent.  A native of Long Beach, California, Shamiah attended Clark-Atlanta University, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. She also earned a Paralegal Certification from the University of San Diego in San Diego, California.  After working as a paralegal for several large law firms in Metro Atlanta, Shamiah returned to Clark-Atlanta University where she then earned a Master’s in Public Administration, concentrating in Community and Economic Development.  

Shamiah has a passion for public policy, thus propelling her to a career in public service.  She is currently employed as a Senior Analyst at the United States Government Accountability Office (GAO) with the Financial Markets and Community Investment team.  As a part of this team, Shamiah conducts program audits and evaluations at the request of Congress for federal programs related to housing, disaster assistance, insurance, small business assistance, and U.S. financial systems. Shamiah is also active in the community, volunteering in various organizations such as Hands on Atlanta the Children’s Restoration Network, Atlanta Speaks and many others. Shamiah is also the past President of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) and also serves on its national executive board as the Chair of the Emerging Leaders Council.   



Chanel Alexandria-Winston

Special Assistant
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

Chanel-Alexandria (C-A) Winston joined FMCSA’s Office of Registration & Safety Information (MC-RS) in May of 2013 to serve as the Special Assistant to the Office’s first director, and continues serving as the senior advisor to the current director. 

In her current role, Ms. Winston provides the MC-RS Director assistance with vision implementation, operational analysis and staff development.  Additionally, C-A is the MC-RS appointed liaison for the agency’s largest IT enhancement project and the agency’s Project Management Office (PMO), serving as the performance management lead.  In this capacity, she provides guidance to assist leadership with finance and contract issues and partners with key stakeholders throughout the agency to resolve issues and promote MC-RS objectives.   Prior to this, her focus was serving as the Project Manager for the agency’s second largest procurement that provides the agency’s front door customer service for more than 500,000 commercial carriers and members of the public each year.    

Before re-joining FMCSA, C-A served as a Contract Specialist, Contracting Officer and Purchase Card Program Coordinator at the Federal Transit Administration, earning a Secretary’s Excellence Award for her contributions to the Office of Procurement.  She has also served as a representative on the Transportation Acquisition Regulation/Transportation Acquisition Manual (TAR/TAM) re-write working group (T2WG) and created a Central Contract Repository for the Senior Procurement Executive’s Policy Office to improve information sharing between DOT agencies for strategic sourcing.  

Prior to this, C-A worked on medical program policy and rulemaking for FMCSA and served as a Transit Planner for the Georgia Department of Transportation.  

Chanel-Alexandria’s leadership and service experience includes:

  • Alumni member of Harvard’s Kennedy School Women and Power program
  • Legislative Chair of the DOT Federally Employed Women (FEW) Women on the Move Chapter,
  • National Deputy Chair & Deputy Vice Finance Chair of the Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) 
  • Public Administration Delegate for People to People International (India Delegation) 
  • National Forum for Black Public Administrators (NFBPA) Protégé
  • Georgia DOT Intern – Legislative Affairs and Strategic Planning
  • Governor’s Graduate Intern – Policy (transportation, budget, public safety, economic development, etc.)
  • Missouri Senate Intern – Policy analysis and constituent services

Currently she is working on a special committee of the FEW National President focused on the organization’s fiscal security, was selected to attend the 2015 PhD Project conference, serves as FMCSA’s 2015 Executive Potential Program participant and is a member of the Junior League of Atlanta.  C-A also holds a Masters in Public Administration in Public Finance and Management from Georgia State University, a Legislative Studies certificate from Georgetown’s Government Affairs Institute, and a Gastronomy certificate from Boston University with emphasis on Food Policy.



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