Shirley Fan-Chan currently is the Director of Economic Mobility Services at Heading Home, Inc. in Boston, MA. Heading Home is the Boston largest homeless service provider serving homeless individuals and families. Her experiences and knowledge in homeless and foster care education included serving as the Statewide Education Manager at the MA Department of Children and Families (MA DCF) overseeing K-12 education services and federal policy related to education for foster care youth and children; Director of U-ACCESS at the University of Massachusetts Boston, a student support service on campus primarily for homeless and foster care students who were in need of nonacademic support; Chief Training and Policy Officer at the Horizon for Homeless Children served primarily homeless young children and their families. Shirley joined NAHECY board of directors in 2015, and she is the Chair of Postsecondary Education Committee.
When she is not working, she prefers to keep herself busy by volunteering with a few projects related to homeless and marginalized groups along with taking care of her family including a 3 year old Golden Retriever.
Shirley is an alumni of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston with a master degree in Public Affairs. She completed her undergraduate degree in Human Services at Lasell College.