Hailey is a PhD student whose interests focus on public policy, and specifically the political forces that shape policy for low-income children and their families. She holds an M.A. from the UNM political science department, and a B.A. in journalism from Northeastern University. In addition to her studies, Hailey works as a research scientist at the UNM Cradle to Career Policy Institute, where she conducts applied research and evaluation related to early childhood policy in New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque with her husband and two young children.