Shiranthi Goonathilkaka is a Saint Paul native, with a national organizing career going on 12 years. Her background is in informal STEM Education and grassroots organizing in policy change, intra-community work, political education and civic engagement. She also has experience in institutional change management.
Taking all of her lived and organizing experience, she currently works at the Association for Black Economic Power as the Director of Engagement and Membership Experience. ABEP’s mission is to open a Black-led financial cooperative that serves as a tool to disrupt systems such as capitalism that have profited off of Black pain. Village Trust Financial Cooperative is slated to open on the Northside of Minneapolis in 2019.