Vaishali (Shali) Sirkay

An advocate for children and families, Shali believes in a systems-level approach to addressing societal inequities. She has done community development work in New Orleans, New York City, and the San Francisco Bay Area for a variety of target populations. Her perspective includes addressing issues of social justice, racism, classism, and social determinants of health. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Cities Association of Santa Clara County (CASCC).

Shali currently serves as a governing board member on the Los Altos School District (LASD) Board of Trustees (Board President in 2021), is a commissioner on the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice Commission (former co-chair of the Equity and Justice ad hoc Committee as well as member of various other committees), and is Chair of the Program Committee for the Peninsula Democratic Coalition (PDC).

Shali is a strong proponent of public education. After a positive experience working on the statewide Ethnic Studies Model Curriculum, she joined the board of the Asian Pacific Islander School Board Members Association (APISBMA). Shali also serves on the leadership team of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association.

An active member of her community, Shali co-chaired campaigns for LASD that led to the successful passage of bond and parcel tax measures in the November 2014 and 2016 General Elections. She has served in leadership positions for several local and county-wide community organizations, including the Los Altos Community Coalition and the Center for Age Friendly Excellence.

Shali received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Barnard College at Columbia University, and her Master of Public Health from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Department of Community Health). She loves reading, cooking, hiking and traveling with her husband and daughter.