Shay Franco-Clausen


Shay Franco-Clausen is an activist. By taking a place at the decision making table, Shay fulfills her mission to be a voice for those who have lost theirs. She fights to protect women’s rights by advocating for policies and changes to benefit "the people."


Shay is currently the Chair of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  In addition to being the Chair, she sits on the CSW committee for the annual Strong Girls, Strong Women conference, which offers high school girls a day of networking, leadership, discussion panels, and relevant breakout sessions throughout the day. In addition to numerous other activities, Shay is also the Chair of the San Jose Evergreen Bond Oversight Committee, the Northern California Representative for the Association for California Commissions for Women (ACCW), and the Director of Issues for the Santa Clara County Democratic Party.


Shay is a long time champion in the fight for socioeconomic, racial, and gender equity, and the struggle against systemic imbalance that lies within the government laws and procedures. With deep roots in the community, Shay is the founder and president of The PLAYCE Non-Profit Organization, which teaches the importance of acceptance, tolerance and guidance in building strong communities. She acts as a liaison to a variety of outreach centers such as Youth Space and the Billy D Frank Center, and is a mentor to young women in a Women's Circle. As a biracial woman of color, the mother of three, a mentor and an aspiring political leader, Shay exemplifies "The People."