I was profoundly impacted by my teaching experience in inner city Chicago and the lack of opportunities among my students. That, combined with my passion for service, remained with me as I went on to play professional soccer and coach at the collegiate level. Having attended the University of Notre Dame for my undergraduate studies, I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. I later taught in Chicago as a member of the Inner City Teaching Corps before moving on to play professional soccer in the Women’s United Soccer Association for the New York Power and in New South Wales, Australia.
I am passionate about youth development and have been running an Oakland nonprofit for the past seven years, inspiring young people in under-resourced areas as change makers in their communities. Education has always been central in my life. Whether it be continuing my own education and getting my Masters degree or by supporting the education of others by founding and running a nonprofit or vetting the next undergraduate class at a prestigious university, it has remained a pillar and value of mine throughout the many different phases of my career.