Shanetta Martin, M.A., is the Interim Education Policy Assistant Director for Advocates for Children and Youth (ACY). Shanetta provides leadership and strategic direction in ACY’s public policy work around Pre-K to 12 education.
With over twenty years of experience, Shanetta has worked throughout her career to build broad-based partnerships that work towards improving public policies for children, youth and families. She began her career in state level child advocacy in Michigan with a special focus on creating opportunities for youth voices to influence public policy change. That work led her to Washington, D.C. where she joined a leading national think tank to hone her youth development expertise, deepen her systems change work, and expand her role in changing the odds for youth in communities across the country. Her national work culminated in the management of a public/private partnership in New Mexico that created a statewide infrastructure to support positive youth development. The effort established the following key collaborative bodies designed to intentionally work together to improve public policy for children and youth: the Lt. Governor’s Children’s Cabinet comprised of state agency leaders, a network intermediary for youth-serving organizations, and a statewide youth council.
Directly following her national work, Shanetta became an independent consultant fostering nonprofit collaboration working specifically with the philanthropic community to design impactful programs for children, youth, and families. Shanetta worked most recently with school systems in Maryland to foster collaboration among district leaders, teachers, school administrators, and students using an evidence-based process to improve educational outcomes. Shanetta believes every young person has a fundamental right to a high-quality education, equal access to opportunities, and adequate resources to thrive. No exceptions.
Shanetta earned her Master’s Degree in Family Studies from Michigan State University. She also holds dual Bachelor of Arts degrees from MSU in History and Humanities Pre-Law.