Shalita is also the Founder and Executive Director of Hope Forward, Inc. (formerly The Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center); a non-profit that works with transitioning and former foster youth (ages 17-25) to connect them to housing, education, employment and supportive networks. Hope Forward also works to incorporate youth voice into child welfare system change.
In 2011, she was honored as one of The Daily Record’s 20 In Their Twenties and the BFree Daily’s 2nd Annual 10 People to Watch Under 30 and featured in the 2013 October issue of Baltimore Magazine’s 40
Under 40. Mrs. O’Neale is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) and serves on the Children’s Justice Act Committee (CJAC) and the Board of Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. Mrs.
O’Neale is also a Graduate of the Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2013 Leadership Program.
She received a BA in criminology from the University of Maryland College Park and a Master of Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.