Shuvonda Harper is a native of Asheville, NC. Growing up in the historically African American Southside neighborhood, Shuvonda developed a deep love for her community. Living away from Asheville for a number of years led her to realize that working in the community is her calling. She is now a well-respected activist, serving as a board member of the Residents’ Council of the Asheville Housing Authority, parent coordinator with the LEAF in Schools & Street program, and a volunteer at the Dr. Wesley Grant., Sr. Southside Community Center. A Mother of two beautiful children Bentley (12) student at AMS and Trinity (10) at student at Ira B. Jones. A vocal advocate for the greater good, Shuvonda consistently attends and speaks up at meetings about issues impacting her community. Her professional roles as the Arthur R. Edington Center Office Assistant and the Kresge FreshLo Project Coordinator also allow her to support positive connections and health. Many credit her with playing a key role in facilitating the vibrant activity that fills the Edington Center each day, and the flourishing of the Southside Community Garden.