I am a near lifelong resident of the area, growing up in White Bear Lake and White Bear Township. I attended local public schools where I enjoyed singing in the choir and competing in History Day competitions.
After graduating from high school I spent two years at St. Olaf College, studying psychology and enjoying small town life in Northfield, MN. I completed my college education at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology.
Throughout my childhood, my parents emphasized the importance of helping others and giving back to the community, values that inspired me to pursue service in AmeriCorps after I graduated from college. I then returned to the University of Minnesota, where I studied social policy and prevention science at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and graduated with a Master’s degree in public policy.
I’ve worked in both the public and private sector and with a variety of nonprofit organizations. I’ve spent a lot of time working and volunteering in schools and am a fierce advocate for education and economic security issues.
I’ve worked in the Extended Day program in the White Bear Lake school district for a few years, and recently completed an internship with the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault.