My family is both Republican and Democrat. But we aren’t thriving despite our differences; we’re thriving because of them.
I’m Shea — a mother, attorney, and business owner. I’m a Georgia native who split my time as a child between Dalton and numerous farm towns in California. But I’m proud to have spent the the last two decades serving Sandy Springs and Atlanta families & business owners at the law firm I started in 2002. It is in this business that I read and interpret legislation every single day. I help people from all walks of life lobby our local legislators for proposed change in land use. And I have been incredibly successful in creating resolutions between opposing parties on complex emotional issues such as people’s families, their homes, and our neighborhoods.
In 2006, I met Brian, who became my partner in work and in life. We have three children in our blended family, and they inspire and motivate me every day. For the past nine years, I’ve dedicated my free time to volunteering at my daughter’s school - including chairing grade events and handling communications for the school’s largest fundraisers. I’ve even had the unique opportunity to foster my passion for public service in my youngest daughter. In 2016, we were recognized for our commitment to the community by being accepted into the Buckhead Chapter of the National Charity League. We’ve been honored serving through mother-daughter volunteer opportunities at local philanthropies such as: the Agape Center, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Buckhead Christian Ministries, City of Refuge, Piedmont Hospital, Northside Activity Center, Meals on Wheels, Ronald McDonald House, and others.
But before all of this, I completed my undergrad with a degree in Journalism and then headed to Washington, D.C., to pursue an education in law. I earned my Juris Doctorate at the Catholic University of America. There, I stepped up as an advocacy leader and helped form the first campus organization to provide a safe space for students to discuss women’s health and equality issues. I also accepted a position with Special Olympics International, where I was honored to serve athletes with intellectual disabilities under the leadership of Eunice Kennedy and Sargent Shriver.
While the decision might have seemed sudden to many — including myself — the truth is, it was a long time in the making. Every family I’ve helped, every community I’ve volunteered for, the business I started that survived the 2007 real estate crash and now thrives… this job as public servant for our state is what I have worked towards my whole life.