Shay Franco-Clausen


Shay will be a voice for the LGBTQ community in Santa Clara County


My family first migrated to San José in the 1950’s, relocating from the Midwest and Southern states looking for a safe place to raise their family. During that time, San José welcomed our family and provided economic and academic opportunities. Now, raising my family in San Jose, I am standing up to protect those same opportunities for many families of San Jose.

As our city continues to grow, we are facing new challenges that continue to cause me great concern. The lack of affordable housing, the lack of good paying job opportunities for our children and the policy decisions that is impacting the quality of life many working class families face, I had to stand up and take a strong stance on protecting those who built this great city. Working for Silicon Valley FACES, as the Director of Development and Government Relations, the work we do to addresses bullying, conflict management, restorative practices, gender bios and bigotry, is another way to provide our youth with safe spaces to express themselves and listen to understand how I can serve them. Now serving my third year on the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women, as the Vice Chair, working to empower women and ensure we provide equal spaces, wages, and justice within Santa Clara County. Having the opportunity to help organize and lead the Women’s March San José, as the Keynote Speaker, is just one way to help uplift the people in San Jose and encourage others to stand up for others.

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