As a committed advocate for American University students and community members in the District of Columbia, I am running for Commissioner in ANC 3D07 because I believe in the Commission’s ability to improve the communities it represents. I believe that my passion for the AU community, public policy knowledge, and my thorough understanding of the District government will allow me to help the city better serve its residents.
Born and raised in Connecticut, I moved to the District in 2019 to begin classes at American University and I am studying Interdisciplinary Studies in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government.
In the Fall of 2019, I served as an intern in the Executive Office of Mayor Muriel Bowser, where I saw first-hand how the District government functions and gained essential insight as to how to improve it. Working in the Office of Federal and Regional Affairs, I contributed to District efforts regarding the US Census and DMV regional issues. I primarily worked with the Washington, DC Statehood Office where I grew grassroots support for admitting Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the Union’s 51st state. My experience with District government has led me to become more involved in District affairs and my local community.
Additionally, I’ve testified before the DC Council multiple times on essential issues facing the District, including the execution of the 2020 presidential primary.
While attending American University, I have become active in student life. I am the current president of AU Students for DC Statehood. In addition, I am a member of the Roosevelt Network, a progressive policy think tank. Last year, I served as the Chapter’s Democratic Access policy expert where I studied issues of election administration, ballot access, and voter suppression. I regularly attend the Quaker Meeting of Friends on campus, where I listen to leadings towards universal equality, and consensus. I am currently employed by the University as a program leader for the University College/Complex Problems program where I facilitate classroom discussion and community building for Freshman students examining economic, business, and personal issues through a legal lens.
I have always been focused on community-based action. I am dedicated to combating the opioid crisis in my local community and have developed new ways to support at risk individuals. In the past, I mentored structurally disadvantaged students, conducted training for adults seeking to mitigate the youth substance abuse crisis, and advocated for robust policy action to address the crisis.
“I am a firm believer that while life isn’t always fair, the Government should be”
When I moved to the District, I immediately began devoting much of my time and energy to the community. During my first week in DC, I volunteered at Food and Friends where I prepared meals for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. It was there that I first felt the warmth and kindness of the people of the District. When I discovered that they shared my passion for helping their neighbors and serving their community, I knew I was a Washingtonian at heart.
While the District has taken important steps to protect everyday residents, there remains much more work to be done. I am a firm believer that while life isn’t fair, the Government should be. Once elected, I will use legislation and my continued public advocacy to build a city that works for my fellow American University students and all District residents.