Haley moved to Belle Meade when she was five years old and has been a resident ever since. She is a graduate of Harpeth Hall School and the University of Alabama, where she majored in Psychology and Early Childhood Development. Haley married her husband, Brye Dale, in 2005 and together they have three girls; Shaffer, Sara Paige and Liza.
As an adult, Haley’s life has revolved around state and local government in one way or another, where she arrived through a specific interest in education policy. She has been working as a contract lobbyist at our state Capitol for the past 10 years, initially working for Bivens & Associates, where together they lobbied for statewide policies for companies like UBER, Chattanooga Gas, Bayer Corporation, eBay, StubHub and the Tennessee Forestry Association. In 2017, she decided to focus her efforts solely on her passion for education policy and took a job lobbying for the Tennessee Charter School Center. Haley has a strong belief that an excellent education should not just be a privilege for those wealthy enough to afford to pay for one, or those that can pay to live in certain zip codes. Her work at the Charter School Center focuses on the creation of schools that will serve as pockets of innovation in large school systems where new teaching strategies and educational theories can be used without some of the limitations placed on traditional public schools in order to give parents choice within the public school system. Haley believes very strongly that a thriving business community depends largely on the strength of our public schools and she works tirelessly to pave the way for new successes.
She is keenly aware of the unique position cities like Belle Meade are in as Nashville continues to grow at breakneck speed. Land preservation, beautification, and historic architecture are particular interests of Haley’s, and she is also well versed in her knowledge of stormwater issues, building codes, even short term rental policies. Her hands-on experience at the legislature has made her keenly aware of how both state and local governments must work together to create an environment where cities like Belle Meade can thrive and flourish. Haley has served as a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the city of Belle Meade since 2019, is a former member of the Kindergarten Advisory Board of St. George’s Church, and has served as the Vice President of Policy for Julia Green Elementary School for 11 years.
Haley has reached a point in her career and in motherhood that awards her the time to serve our community in a very meaningful way. She is eager to engage and respond to Belle Meade’s residents and hopes to bridge the gap between generations as our beloved city grows and changes.