Director, Early Childhood Education Initiatives
Shay has worked on CHILDREN AT RISK’s early education research and policy efforts since August 2015. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston-Downtown in the Nonprofit Management graduate degree program. She received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston, where she focused on early childhood and family wellbeing issues. Shay also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communication. Prior to joining CHILDREN AT RISK, Shay worked for former Houston mayor Bill White for six years, first on his campaign for governor and afterward in the private sector. Shay is passionate about giving children a healthy start to life and is excited to help CHILDREN AT RISK advocate for our youngest Texans.
What was your favorite book as a child?
I loved anything by Roald Dahl! Of course, the Babysitter’s Club series was a regular on my library book list. I also really enjoyed summer reading assignments, so I have fond memories of Where the Red Fern Grows, The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, etc.
What is you dream for Texas children?
My dream is that all children have an equal opportunity to be successful and grow into healthy, productive adults. To make that possible, we need to change systems in order to support our most vulnerable children.