My passion to create a better world began as a child. An inquisitive nature led me to find solutions to everyday problems. As a young, single mother in college I channeled that energy into social causes as a direct result of the systemic barriers I had to overcome.
For over two decades, I have done work in philanthropy, research, public policy, direct service, and community advocacy. My multi-disciplinary education and research focus has included health access and disparities, education equity, youth development, early learning, environmental justice, civic engagement, and economic empowerment. I approach issues from an intersectional position that considers race, class, gender, sexuality and immigration.
Professional experience includes directing a $30 million dollar federal initiative through the U.S. Department of Education, being the CEO of a statewide identity-based foundation, and championing statewide policy reforms.
I completed the Annie E. Casey Foundation Children and Family Fellow. As a Results Count Leader, I use results based accountability and results based facilitation throughout my practice.
I completed my undergraduate degree in Anthropology and a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles. I am currently ABD in the Education Leadership doctoral program at the University of California, Davis.
Current & former clients include: California Community Foundation, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Partners for Education at Berea College, West Contra Costa Education Fund, Alliance for Girls, and San Francisco State University.