Policy Advisor, Economic Program
Born in Ghana, West Africa, May immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of four. Her parents believed in the value of education and came to America to ensure that for their children. Even though she spent most of her childhood in Prince George’s County, Maryland, May often visited Ghana to spend time with her extended family. One particular summer, she spent a month in a rural village, with a one room schoolhouse teaching drama to kids ages 9-18 and another month teaching art to students at a private, affluent school. She saw how access to a quality education could level the playing field and open doors of opportunity to people, no matter who they were or where they came from.
After graduating with an undergraduate degree in political science and international studies from Towson University, she began teaching first grade (the best grade) on the west side of Baltimore City. While teaching, she pursued and completed a masters degree in education from The Johns Hopkins University. Driven and inspired by her students to make change on the policy level, her advocacy and community activism led to her working with Maryland Campaign for Achievement Now and Baltimoreans for Educational Equity. She eventually landed the role of Director of Community Engagement & Policy in the Office of Councilwoman Shannon Sneed, the chairwoman of labor in the Baltimore City Council. There, May was able to connect her background in education to the development of the workforce, targeting labor issues from a preventative policy perspective while still prioritizing the needs of the community. As an Economic Policy Advisor at Third Way, May specializes in crafting innovative solutions that create the best possible outcomes and give people access to opportunities no matter their background.
After living in Baltimore for several years, May now prefers her fries with old bay and can point anyone in the direction of the nearest bowl of Maryland crab soup.