Steven Shaw, Vice-Chair
Steven Shaw has been advocating for the child welfare system for the last eight years on every level. He currently works at Hilton Americas Houston in the hopes of eventually owning his own hotel while continuing to fight for foster youth and alumni. Steven is the president and co-founder of Voices for Change, a group primarily composed of young adults who aged out of the Texas foster care system who are dedicated to advocacy and improving the experience of youth in the foster care system. Steven himself was in the Texas foster care system for 15 years. Steven has been privileged to speak in front of Congress and White House officials on numerous issues dealing with foster care. He played a key role in advocating for an ombudsman bill position in Texas, dedicated solely to children and youth in foster care. He has also participated in numerous panels and presentations that have increased awareness about foster care among community and state level stakeholders. Steven’s experiences taught him valuable lessons including the importance of education and respect for others. These are some of the values he uses to guide and support those children and youth still in the foster care system. He strives to show them even if the road is tough they still can survive.