Shelbi Day joined Family Equality in October 2016 as Senior Policy Counsel in our Policy Department. In this position, Day will be responsible for Family Equality Council’s administrative advocacy with federal agencies and will manage a federal and state legislative portfolio. She will also assist in public education efforts by leveraging the stories of LGBTQ families and by facilitating workshops and creating written resources.
Day has a prestigious career as a civil rights attorney and has focused on LGBTQ issues both in the private and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to joining Family Equality Council, Day was an attorney at the boutique law firm of Bouneff, Chally & Koh in Portland, Oregon, where she practiced in the areas of adoption, surrogacy, and assisted reproductive technology. Day also served as a staff attorney at the Western Regional Office of Lambda Legal, where she was a member of the legal team in Sevcik v. Sandoval, a successful challenge of Nevada’s law prohibiting gay people from marrying, as well as coordinated a large scale amicus strategy for Lambda’s successful challenge of the Defense of Marriage Act. Day has also worked at the ACLU of Florida and Southern Legal Counsel, Inc.
Day graduated with high honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, and has a master’s degree in Latin American Studies. She lives with her family in Portland, Oregon.