Prior to her selection as a Class of 2014 National Urban Fellow, Jaye Bea Smalley had a tenured career in the biopharmaceutical sector. For 14 years she worked for Genentech, one of the world’s fifty most innovative companies, managing accounts throughout New York City, and contributing to cross-functional initiatives supporting patients’ needs. In addition to several sales achievement awards, and two awards for excellence in partnership, Jaye Bea received the 2013 Founders Award for remaining patient-centered throughout her business decisions and activities.

Jaye Bea’s career goals have been influenced by the impact of her own experiences with the barriers that families face in education and health. She was elected to New York City’s Citywide Council on Special Education, serving two terms as Co-Chair.  She is currently a member of Manhattan Community Board 7, The UJA Task Force for People with Disabilities, and her synagogue’s inclusion and Bikur Cholim committees. 

Jaye Bea is a 2011 graduate of the New York State Partners in Policymaking program, an innovative national model of leadership training for people with disabilities, parents, and family members. She leverages this statewide network to protect special education due process rights and to advocate for other legislative initiatives impacting people with disabilities. In 2011, the as a result of Jaye Bea’s advocacy on behalf of students with disabilities, New York State Assembly introduced legislation for Universal Design in Learning throughout the state’s education systems.

Jaye Bea intends to take full advantage of all the opportunities afforded to her as a National Urban Fellow.  She looks forward to working with some of the top leaders in health research and policy to learn about shaping patient-centered health policies that have the potential to improve equity and outcomes for all people.