"I am passionate about empowering young people, education equity and fueling social change. To me, all three of these build the foundation for thriving communities, full of opportunity, and hope. Liberty Hill has been at the cornerstone of social justice in Los Angeles for over 40 years, and I count myself lucky to be part of a team that is as driven by this work as I am."
Shirley's diverse background includes case management work with refugee and incarcerated youth at Neighborhood House, volunteer management and community engagement with The Trevor Project, delivering LGBTQ+ literature access to educators and students nationwide with Lambda Literary, and even volunteering as a crisis/suicide counselor for LGBTQ+ youth. Recently Shirley worked at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools where her work focused on education equity in LAUSD through community engagement and organizing. Outside of her work life, Shirley also volunteers as a working board member with Building Allies, a Trans Advocacy organization that works to bridge gaps in Transgender allyship work nationwide.
Shirley holds a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree from the Evergreen State College and a Master's in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from Antioch University. She credits the social justice focus of both institutes for her commitment and drive for systems change work.