A little more about me

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

Me

⓵ I have a BA in Sociology from the University of Mary Washington

⓶ I have two cats named 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. Separate from my employment with the university, I am working with Dr. Jennifer Earl on 2 upcoming manuscripts: one on mis/disinformation, populism, and protest, and another on digital youth activism. I am also working on my first sole-authored paper which explores how legal tools such as 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 delivery manager for HealthCare.gov: the federally-facilitated Marketplace through which the government provides a pathway to health care 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. Check out my resume to learn more about my responsibilities and contributions within this role.

Before joining the wild world of 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.