Claudia Shanley has more than 25 years of experience working with and on behalf of vulnerable young children and their families, including directing a Head Start program in rural Alaska and state pre-kindergarten programs in Alaska and Washington. She also served as deputy chief of Maternal, Child, and Family Health for the state of Alaska and as systems reform administrator at the Alaska state child welfare agency responsible for aligning the state's early childhood investments with child welfare programs. Ms. Shanley has managed multiple state and federal grant programs that support families experiencing poverty, and she led a state early learning professional development system initiative.
Ms. Shanley's extensive experience also includes providing technical assistance and consulting to programs for continuous quality improvement; oversight and management of grant programs; public policy development and analysis in state health, human services, and early learning agencies; systems development through collaborative and inclusive approaches; organizational development; and mentoring and coaching of staff.
Ms. Shanley has a master's degree in Social Work from Smith College and a B.A. in Social Work from the University of Alaska–Fairbanks.