Senior Research Associate
Renay is a social scientist and educator who has focused her career on using research to support children and families. Renay has expertise in applied research aimed at the development and evaluation of social services and programs that contribute to family health and well-being, as well as policy evaluation and performance monitoring. She previously served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for a state mental health commission, where she provided leadership over statewide evaluation of the Mental Health Services Act (Prop. 63). Prior to that, she served as Director of Research and Programming at a Seattle-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Relationship Research Institute, which aimed to strengthen relationships through research. In this position, she directed several large-scale federal grants and contracts.
Renay received her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Washington in 2010 and her Master of Arts in Psychological Research from San Francisco State University in 2004. She received multiple awards for her research, teaching, and service to the academic community.
Renay lives in Sacramento, CA with her two young daughters, Dutch house rabbit, affectionately referred to as “Bun Bun” (Bunny Taylor), and a kitten named “Rosie.” Renay spends as much time as she can with her daughters, traveling and doing a variety of fun activities.