IL Practice Place-Based Public Policy Research
Title
Senior Public Policy Analyst
Organization
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Lucy Y. Recio

For more than a decade, Lucy Recio has worked to inform birth to career education policy and legislation. A passionate community organizer who recognizes the power of collaborative relationships and partnerships, she has worked with children, families, educators, community leaders, and elected officials, at all levels of government, to create processes for meaningful constituent engagement and advocate mobilization.

Lucy is currently building on this expertise as part of the policy and professional advancement team at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) where she creates advocacy and policy engagement opportunities at the national, state, and local level for NAEYC’s more than 60,000 members and 51 Affiliates. As the lead for NAEYC’s advocacy mobilization hub, America for Early Ed, and the organization’s electoral advocacy campaign, “Our Votes. Their Futures.” Lucy sees the work of advancing the early childhood profession as closely integrated and dependent on deeper engagement in civic spaces at all levels of government–a cause she holds dear to her heart.

A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Lucy holds a bachelor’s degree in international culture and politics, with a concentration in justice and peace studies, and a Master in Public Administration as a National Urban Fellow. A native of the Dominican Republic, but a New Yorker at heart, Lucy enjoys exploring new countries and learning about new cultures, losing herself in a good book, upcycling and crafting, and authoring her life’s story by journaling about all of these experiences.

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