Stacey began her love of education policy as a legislative intern for the Senate Education Committee while studying to be a teacher at the University of Arizona. Ultimately, the disconnect between how teachers were prepared, compared to the reality of what teaching is actually like in public schools, spurred her to change her career path. Now, it would be hard to find recent education policy that Stacey hasn't helped create or modify.
Most recently, Stacey worked at the Arizona Education Association as the Government Relations Director. During that time, she played an integral part in negotiating the settlement to the inflation funding lawsuit which resulted in Proposition 123. As the Director of Policy Development and Government Relations with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), she served as the Superintendent’s chief policy advisor, overseeing School Finance, working closely with both state and federal elected officials, and representing the Superintendent on various Boards and Task Forces. Prior to joining ADE, Stacey staffed the Senate Education, Accountability, and Reform Committee. Stacey also oversaw the Executive Budget for Education, as part of Governor Napolitano’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. In addition, she also worked in Constituent Services for the Legislature’s Tucson office. Stacey was among the initial staff of the School Facilities Board, after its establishment by the Students FIRST legislation.
Stacey earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Arizona and received her Juris Doctor and Master’s in Public Administration and Policy from Cleveland State University.
When not immersing herself in the twists and turns of education policy, Stacey enjoys hiking and camping with her 8-year-old son, Lucas.