this is a little bit about me...
I am a lifelong learner, cross-sector leader, and advocate with a track record of promoting access and equity, furthering civic engagement, and building community and connection. I currently serve as the Engagement Chief of Staff for the Office of the U.S. Surgeon General. In this role, I strategize our engagement efforts focused on addressing several critical public health issues, including youth mental health, community and connection, and overall well-being.
Prior to joining the Surgeon General’s team, I worked on Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative as their Texting Communication Associate to increase higher education access and equity for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students. I first got involved with Reach Higher when I was appointed to their Inaugural Student Advisory Board in 2017. I then continued my work with Reach Higher as a 2018 Summer Fellow in Washington D.C. and then as their UpNext Program Associate where I impacted the lives of 300,000+ students through texting interventions.
Throughout my entire life, I have been a part of my community and have served as a leader in organizations such as Special Olympics Arizona, Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Arizona, and Boy Scouts of America. I have also worked a lot in the civic engagement space - with a focus on voter engagement and youth participation. I have held various other roles in state government such as serving as an Arizona State Senate Page Intern in 2019 and an Arizona Secretary of State Initiative Intern in 2020.
Raised in Arizona, I received my Bachelor of Arts from Arizona State University with degrees in Business (Global Politics), Business (Law), and Business (Public Service & Public Policy) from the W. P. Carey School of Business and a Cross-Sector Leadership Certificate from the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.