A little more about me

Six fun facts and a summary of what I’m up to:

Me

⓵ I am a first-generation college student, and I completed my BA in sociology in 2012

⓶ I have two kitty cats whose names are Tomatillo and Miso Soup

⓷ I am queer and non-binary and I use they/them pronouns. Transgender Flag on WhatsApp 2.19.175 Trans people exist; we are valid, and we are not a burden

⓸ My favorite desert animal is the Javelina (whose closest relative is the hippopotamus!)

⓹ I am a morning person but I especially love the golden hour

⓺ I am an activist because “until we are all free, we are none of us free.– Emma Lazarus


Current Work

I work at the University of Arizona as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Sociology. This semester, I am working with Dr. Brian Mayer to prepare census data and support preparation for the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop Dr. Mayer teaches in the fall. I am also working with Dr. Jeff Sallaz in a course on sociology of the body. Separate from my employment with the university, I am working with Dr. Jennifer Earl on 2 upcoming manuscripts: one on media mis/disinformation and protest, and another on digital youth activism. I am also working on my first sole-authored paper which explores how online legal research tools (e.g., the Westlaw database) shape legal knowledge.

Past Experience

Before beginning my PhD program in August 2019, I served as the lead delivery manager for a large team (think 1 government agency, 7 vendor partners, and 13 work streams) building the future of Cloud technology at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. I supported a core team of ~70 folks working together to deliver engineering, product, design, and research expertise to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to enable a smooth transition out of costly legacy data centers and into the Cloud.

Prior to becoming the lead delivery manager for CMS Cloud modernization, I served as the lead delivery manager for the current iteration of HealthCare.gov: the federally-facilitated Marketplace through which 12+ million people access health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. I supported a brilliant team of engineers, designers, analysts, policy experts, business owners, and vendor partners to help improve government digital services.

Before moving into civic technology, I enjoyed a 4-year career in the private-sector insurance industry at the nation’s second-largest auto insurer. During my time there, I completed a 16-month management development program, served as a senior business analyst on the largest project in the company’s 80-year history, and rounded out my experience as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt leading multiple process reviews for a portfolio of products. For 2 years prior to working in the insurance industry, I worked at minority and woman-owned small business, functioning in various roles including dining and staff management, social media networking, catering, event coordination, and business development.