READY is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the number of quality public schools in Rochester, NY.
READY was born from the Rochester Education Fellowship- a two-year opportunity funded by the Max & Marian Farash Charitable Foundation dedicated to engaging the community, understanding challenges facing students in the city of Rochester, and learning about national best practices.
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Shanai is a passionate advocate for educational advancement and actively contributes to various organizations and initiatives. She serves on the boards of the Rochester Housing Authority and Connected Communities, Inc., is a founding member of 100 Women Who Care and a mentor for the Greater Rochester Parent Leadership Training Institute. Shanai is active in national education networks as a member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) and an alum of City Fund’s City Leadership Fellowship.
A product of the Rochester City School District, Shanai holds a doctorate degree in Educational Administration, a master’s degree in Educational Policy, and an MBA in Finance and Accounting from the University of Rochester. She also holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University. A mother of three school-age children, she is committed to transforming Rochester’s education landscape and securing a brighter future for all children in the city.