Philanthropy Strategy Associate | William Blair
"My long-term vision for Chicago is to be a city where, regardless of the color of your skin or the amount of money in your bank account, you have the same opportunity to be great and create great things as anyone else. I will continue to champion and support the youth of Chicago to help them leverage their talents and skills so they are set up for success as they enter the workforce and their professional lives."
Undergraduate Degree: Indiana University, '07
Fun fact: I spent a month in college studying wild animals in the bush of South Africa and I very nearly became a primatologist.
I am a first-generation college student from a small town in southern Indiana. I understand the value of hard work and also know that even the hardest of work doesn't always result in equity. At fourteen, my first job gave me not only financial independence, but also pride and a sense of accomplishment. However, working alongside senior citizens who were struggling to make ends meet also taught me that life didn't treat everyone fairly and wouldn't always go according to plan.
I am someone who sympathizes with and cares for others and I have often raised my hand to help out where I think I can make a difference. When I moved to Chicago in 2010, I began volunteering with both the Common Pantry and The Field Museum because I'm passionate about issues like food insecurity and STEM education. I feel strongly that nearly everyone has at least a little time, talent, or treasure they can use to support those who are not as fortunate as they are. I am thankful that I’m able to spend so much of my time helping people, places, and causes in Chicago and I’m excited to be a part of this city as we all continue to move forward and ahead.