Catherine Cutler Institute

Shannon Saxby

Policy Associate I: Children, Youth, and Families Program

Office Location

310 Wishcamper Center, Portland Campus




Upon joining YCE in 2011 as a BSW intern, Shannon knew she had found her niche working with young people in the child welfare system. After graduating with her Master's Degree in Social Work, Shannon was approached to continuing working with YLAT as a group facilitator. Currently, Shannon designs and facilitates YLAT meetings statewide, panel presentations and trainings for young people and their adult partners, and is the voice behind YLAT's social media pages. Shannon is continually awed and inspired by the courage of young people who use their voice and their personal experiences in foster care to promote positive change not only for themselves, but for future generations of youth in care. As someone who is adopted, Shannon feels personally invested in the importance of providing a space where youth are connected to people and places where they feel supported, understood, and that they belong. Shannon feels lucky to be strengthening her connections with youth and adult partners to create a larger voice and to develop sustainable change.

Areas of Expertise

Social media, curriculum design, group facilitation, and event planning.


Master of Social Work

Professional Activity

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