Gay graduated from Vanderbilt University and earned a Doctor of Law degree from Emory Law School. Gay is a former law clerk, Deputy Chief of Staff to former Atlanta Mayor Bill Campbell, and Vice President of Governmental Affairs for the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. As Deputy Chief of Staff to the Mayor, she helped facilitate the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and planned new houses, stores, and offices in underdeveloped Atlanta communities. She currently works as an attorney for Dentons, a global law firm, and was Atlanta Managing Partner of the firm for four years. Gay currently lives in Inman Park with her husband and two Basset Hounds.
Gay advocates improving public safety by providing police staff with better training, especially with body cameras, and ensuring criminals serve sufficient time for their crimes. She has also supported efforts to recruit more law enforcement officers by providing incentives such as higher salaries and benefits.
Gay wants to implement a similar affordable housing plan to Mayor Bottoms’ One Atlanta Plan, but she advocates the Atlanta City Government taking a larger leadership role in the plan. Gay has expressed support for collaboration between neighborhoods and city departments to adjust housing for the needs of each area.