Randi Shade, 44, was first elected to the Austin City Council in May, 2008. She is running for re-election for Place 3 because she loves Austin and wants to keep working hard to make it the best place it can be.
In her first term of office, Randi has served as Chair of the City Council's Public Health and Human Services Committee, and has also served on the Audit and Finance Committee, Emerging Technology and Telecommunications Committee, and the Minority-Owned and Women-Owned Business Enterprise and Small Business Committee. Randi has also served as the City Council's representative on the board of directors for the Pecan Street Project and as a member of the Community Action Network Resource Council.
Randi has lived in Austin for more than 20 years, working in the public, private and nonprofit sector. She has served as the Executive Director of the Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation, and as CEO of Charitygift, an Internet company she founded in 1999 and sold to a publicly traded company in 2005. Randi's career in public service includes four years in the Governor's Office (1992 – 1996) as the founding Executive Director of the Texas Commission on Volunteerism & Community Service, during which time she launched and managed the AmeriCorps program statewide. Under Randi's leadership Texas was awarded more money than any other state ($55 million). Randi also worked as a fundraising coordinator on the successful 1990 Ann Richards gubernatorial campaign and has also previously worked for City Year, Teach for America, and Procter & Gamble.
Randi is a Plan II Honors graduate of the University of Texas, where she was elected to serve as student body president. Randi later earned an MBA from Harvard Business School where she was awarded a Public Management Fellowship. In 2004 Randi was awarded a German Marshall Memorial Foundation Fellowship, and in 2007 Randi graduated from the Aspen Institute's Henry Crown Fellowship Program.
Randi has always been an active community volunteer and has served on the boards of the Association of Women in Technology – Austin, Austin Clean Energy Initiative, Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation, Central Texas Better Business Bureau, Foundation for Women's Resources Committee of the Board, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Austin, OneStar Foundation, PeopleFund, Sigma Delta Tau Sorority's Texas Education Foundation, TexChange, Texas Hillel Foundation, UT Commission on 125, and the Volunteer Center (now Hands on Central Texas). Randi and her partner, Kayla Shell, an attorney and Dell executive, live in the Clarksville neighborhood and are the proud parents of 4 year-old son Ethan and 2 year-old daughter Emme.