Shirley Huey, J.D. is a strategic consultant and freelance writer focusing on criminal justice, mental health, and other issues affecting low income and immigrant communities of color. With over 15 years of experience advocating for social justice, Ms. Huey brings insight from the public, private, and foundation sectors to her work. She has significant experience as a civil rights attorney with a focus on improving criminal justice systems.

In her consulting work, she has served government and nonprofit clients throughout California on strategic planning, program evaluation, board development, and grant writing projects. This work included the facilitation of several counties’ Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) planning processes with multiple stakeholders, including law enforcement, mental health service providers, family members, and consumers of services. Ms. Huey has also worked on efforts to improve violence prevention and prisoner re-entry programs.

A native San Franciscan who speaks conversational Cantonese and Spanish, Ms. Huey holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley. As a family member of someone with mental illness, she is particularly interested in advancing efforts to reduce stigma and improve cultural competency in service provision to immigrant communities.