Laura Fay

Hometown: Eugene, OR

Focus: Social Policy and Metropolitan and Urban Policy

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Bio: For the past 10 years I have worked in education and nonprofits throughout the United States and India. As competitive swimmer, I was recruited to the University of New Hampshire where I double majored in Women’s Studies and English, with a minor in Deaf and Hard of Hearing Studies. From there, I worked two years as an AmeriCorps VISTA member supporting Habitat for Humanity in Hawaii and Washington. I transitioned to education and taught at a private school in Seattle. After teaching in Seattle, a position opened in their sister school in India where for the next two years I taught at Ascend International in Mumbai. When I came back to the states, I decided to go back into non-profits and spent four years leading Mary’s Place, a Seattle non-profit dedicated to sheltering and empowering families and women experiencing homelessness. At my time at Mary’s Place, I opened the first 24 hour center for families experiencing homelessness in King County. When I decided to go back to grad school, I knew I was interested in studying how systems impact the lives of low income families with a lens of how race and equity is essential to undoing and preventing harm many families and children face everyday.

Why did you choose Evans? I chose Evans for its location in Seattle and luckily Evans is one of the top programs in the United States! I also have friends who graduated from Evans and they told me how important their education and time at Evans was to their future careers. Evans is about networks and connections and you are taught that the first day you enter. We rely on each other to do homework or group projects and in consequence we build a foundation for people we will be interacting with and learning from for the rest of our careers. Lastly, I was impressed by the faculty, many of whom have worked in the field or have vast amounts of experience in research.

Ask me about: Being an older student at Evans; starting school again after a very long break; Seattle breweries; hiking and camping in WA; feminism; homelessness in Seattle; how to balance work, school, friendships, your cats, and yourself

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