Shawn Sebastian

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Template:TOCnestleft Shawn Sebastian is an Iowa activist. He is a professor at Columbia Law School. He directs the Fed Up Campaign, helping to bring the voices of working class people of color to the previously closed off policy debates about monetary policy and Federal Reserve governance. Before joining CPD, Shawn worked at the Best Practices Foundation in Bangalore, India, providing research, writing and policy support to organized federations of grassroots women's movements. Shawn then worked on issues of gentrification and slum housing in South Los Angeles at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation and immediately prior to joining CPD, Shawn was a fellow with the Anti-Corruption Unit at the Open Society Foundations' Justice Initiative. Shawn graduated from New York University School of Law and the University of Iowa.[1]


  • Studied at University of Iowa
  • Went to Ames High School

Iowa Democrat

In 2020 Shawn Sebastian was a caucus secretary for Story County’s Precinct 1-1 in Iowa.

Panel on 2020 democratic primaries


Organizing Upgrade February 21 2020.

Join Organizing Upgrade for a live panel discussion on the 2020 democratic primaries, hosted by Rishi Awatramani and Adam Gold, featuring left organizers Laurel Wales, Cliff Albright, Jaisal Noor, Shawn Sebastian, Tracey Corder and more!