Cicley Gay brings 20 years of non-profit experience to her role as Research Associate. She is a two-time graduate of AmeriCorps, a civil service effort of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Cicley was the founding director of STAND (Students Take Action for New Directions), educating students on the impact of federal budget priorities on local communities.
Cicley was also the national program director of the National CARES Mentoring Movement under the direct leadership of Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence magazine. In that role, Cicley built the grant allocations process and programmatic infrastructure of a multi-million dollar national mentoring initiative supported by the U.S. Department of Justice.
Cicley holds degrees in political science and communications from the University of Kansas and has served on the National Physical Activity Steering Committee. She is a former recipient of the Catalyst Award from the Global Center for Social Change through Women’s Leadership. Her greatest accomplishment to date is winning “Mom of the Year” as a stage, football and lacrosse mom to three sons.