Who I Am
I live my values, choosing to spend my time working on education, financial security, and child welfare.
I have dedicated my career to creating opportunities, particularly pathways to education, for people in poverty. That's because I know the value of a good education. It's what took me from tearing up my mom's driveway with a pogo stick behind the old K-Mart on Breckenridge Lane to earning my bachelor's and master's degrees at Columbia University in New York City. It's what took me across the country to create programs and educate young people. Finally, it's what brought me home to a cul-de-sac in Hikes Point, where service feels even more meaningful.
Just out of college, I started writing about poverty and homelessness for Change.org and lifted up the voices of people in poverty by recruiting them to write about their experiences firsthand. Seeking a deeper impact, I became a middle school reading and writing teacher with Teach For America, where I saw 16-year-olds use paragraphs for the first time before having their essays about becoming a father, being abused, and wanting a gun published on the front page of the Sunday newspaper.
Later, as a nonprofit manager, I designed programs that pushed hundreds of students of color to record GPA and ACT growth before becoming the first in their families to go to college. Their children will be many times more likely to attend college as a result. I wrote down the story of Ulises, one of my most inspiring students. As a small business coach in Louisville I helped dozens of entrepreneurs, many of them women and immigrants, access the capital they needed to pursue their dreams. Read more about my impact in the Courier-Journal.
In each role, my mission was the same: lift up people seeking to build better lives for themselves and their children. Now, as a Student Success Coordinator at the University of Louisville, I hear harrowing stories of the obstacles faced by young people, and every day I'm encouraged by the resilience they show in overcoming them. I wrote about my work, and some of the stories that touched me most, in the Courier-Journal.
Outside of work, I commit my time to efforts to improve outcomes for children. I serve on the boards of Louisville Girls Leadership and Summerbridge Louisville and volunteer with Metro United Way’s Ready for K Alliance to increase kindergarten readiness rates. My husband, Adam, a writer, took me to duPont Manual High School's junior prom on our first date. Our kids, Pippy and Kurt, love their daycare, their library, and their dog.