Sharanya Pai, Policy Manager

As a policy manager, Sharanya implements CEDAM’s policy and government relations agendas, coordinates and grows statewide coalitions, and assesses this work through a lens of diversity, equity, and inclusion. She advocates and develops accessible and inclusive policies with community organizations and leaders to empower vibrant neighborhoods around Michigan. CEDAM’s policy priorities focus on affordable housing, economic inclusion, and asset and capacity building.

Prior to joining CEDAM, Sharanya worked at the Child and Adolescent Data lab, monitoring and evaluating child welfare prevention programs that work to reduce the disparate impact of the child welfare system on marginalized families. Sharanya was a part of the visioning and development of the Center Racial Justice, managing accessible grants and advisory boards, and facilitating conversations centering on public policy topics in race and ethnicity. Her areas of expertise are economic development, complex systems and social structures, community engagement, and public policy analysis. She has two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan: international norms, security, and cooperation from the College of Literature Sciences and Arts, and visual and interrogative design from the Penny Stamps School of Art and Design. Sharanya has a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in economic development from the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy.