As an undergraduate, Representative Bolick (Rep.) volunteered countless hours in Syracuse’s inner city helping underprivileged populations attain their GED and with a Little League program keeping young kids off the streets. During her junior year, she moved to Albany to work with the state’s current legislators at the New York State Assembly. Prior to graduating Syracuse University, Shawnna moved to New York City to work in a public high school, sparking her passion on helping families access better educational opportunities.
In May 2004, 2001, Shawnna published her first book titled Playtime in Phoenix: The Ultimate Guide to Learning & Having Fun with Kids! Shawnna successfully balanced motherhood and working from home while consulting for the Arizona Charter School Association, the Goldwater Institute, the Alliance for School Choice, and the Arizona School Choice Trust. Bolick has happily served in many advisory roles over the years, including as a current board member to her children’s elementary school, Benchmark School; a past school board member for BASIS Scottsdale’s advisory board; and as a former Director to BASIS Texas Schools, Inc. Governing Board. In 2015, Bolick was appointed by Governor Doug Ducey and confirmed by the State Senate to serve on Arizona’s Early Childhood Education and Health Board. With her strong interest in our state’s academic standards, she is also a past member to the Arizona State Board of Education’s Academic Standards Development Committee as a public high school parent.
Upon graduating from Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University with a B.A. in policy studies with concentrations in education and environmental policy she moved to Washington, DC to pursue a graduate degree from American University. While attending graduate school, she worked on Capitol Hill for her birth state’s U.S. Senator, Rick Santorum, and as a policy researcher at The Heritage Foundation on the No Excuses: Lessons from 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools civil society project.
After completing her graduate coursework, Shawnna moved to Austin, Texas where she worked for then Texas Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry’s special project on the Advisory Council on the Digital Economy during the legislature’s interim.
Serving as a founder/past President/Advisor to BASIS Phoenix Boosters; a graduate of the Dodie Londen Excellence in Public Service Series program; a past alumni board member for Syracuse University Alumni Club of Arizona; a past board member of Moms Offering Moms Support – MOMs Club International; Benchmark’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO); Mothers of Preschoolers at La Casa de Cristo; and the Children’s Advocacy Center. Most recently, Governor Ducey appointed her to the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission.
Bolick was elected to her first term to the Arizona House of Representatives as a Republican, representing Legislative District 20 in November 2018. Shawnna and her family reside in Phoenix, AZ with their three greyhounds.