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Senior Advisor, Narrative and Movement Building
National Association for the Education of Young Children
Lucy Y. Recio

Lucy Recio serves on the Leadership Team at NAEYC as the Senior Advisor for Narrative and Movement Building. In this role, Lucy provides strategic and operational leadership that integrates the voices, stories, and experiences of early childhood education professionals to inform, guide, and grow NAEYC’s programs, services, and impact and advance NAEYC’s vision for an equitable, diverse, well-prepared, and well-compensated early childhood education profession. Her work is anchored by her roots as a community organizer and rests on more than a decade of building dynamic and effective issue advocacy campaigns, programs, and systems to inform policy and legislation, shape public understanding and perception, and create processes for meaningful constituent engagement and advocate mobilization.

Lucy first joined NAEYC in 2016 and has served as both NAEYC’s Senior Public Policy Analyst and Director of Advocacy. She has led grassroots mobilization, digital engagement, and national story collection campaigns to increase public investments towards child care and early learning, quadrupled NAEYC’s advocate capacity and engagement, driven equity and power building conversations within the early childhood education space, and helped secure more than $54 billion in COVID-19 relief dollars for the child care sector.
Lucy holds a bachelor’s degree in international culture and politics, with a concentration in justice and peace studies from Georgetown University and a master’s in public administration from CUNY—Baruch College, a distinction she received as a National Urban Fellow.

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