Senior Communications Associate
Los Angeles Office
Why I Do What I Do:
“If education is supposed to be the great equalizer, then access to quality education should be equal.”
Alma Mater(s): Pepperdine University (Ayo Waves!)
Your role in one sentence: I promote the mission of the Campaign with innovative communication strategies.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…I’m learning some new dance moves, reading a good book, or hopping on a plane for a beachy adventure overseas.
If not higher education then what cause? Criminal Justice Reform
Shae Collins is a Los Angeles native who always knew she was going to college. From a young age, her parents instilled in her the importance of higher education. Her love of writing and encouragement from dedicated high school teachers motivated her to pursue a degree in English with a writing and rhetoric emphasis.
After college, she interned at Ms. Magazine, where she wrote articles on a variety of social issues, spoke to politicians about legislation affecting marginalized communities, and got a taste of how nonprofits can influence public policy. This experience launched her interest in writing on topics in social justice. Her writing can be found on Everyday Feminism, Our Weekly newspaper, Huffington Post, The Establishment, and Ebony.
Shae’s interest in nonprofit work stems from volunteering with community organizations serving homeless populations, food insecure families, and incarcerated youth in Los Angeles. Her eagerness to join forces with organizations and people who fight for systemic change converges with the Campaign for College Opportunity’s goal to ensure that students in have an opportunity to succeed in college. Shae was able to attend her first-choice school, thanks to scholarships and generous grants from alumni. She wants other students to be able to have that same opportunity.