About

Photo Credit: Georgetown University

I’m a passionate advocate for civil rights and access to justice. I’m currently a paralegal for the national ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where I defend the right to vote and fight against voter suppression of communities of color, low-income people and people with disabilities. I also serve on the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence advising county leadership on how to best address hate crimes and bias incidents targeting minority communities. My writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Mobile Press-Register, The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and The Montgomery Advertiser.

A proud first-generation, low-income, non-traditional student from Mobile, Alabama, I earned my GED, graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Alabama Community College with my A.A.S. in Paralegal Studies, and received a full scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University, where I graduated with my B.A. in Government. In my junior year, I was one of 59 students awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a highly competitive federal scholarship for college students committed to pursuing careers in public service.

While at Georgetown, I did a year-long internship as a legal assistant in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division where I helped enforce federal laws protecting the right to vote and monitored federal compliance. Before joining DOJ, I interned at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law assisting voters through the Election Protection Hotline (866-OUR-VOTE). I was also an intern for DC Mayor Muriel Bowser in the Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs serving the residents of the District of Columbia.

While in community college in Alabama, I founded my own nonprofit organization, Mobile Equality, dedicated to advocating for the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) community. Our organization campaigned for a city ordinance protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, amending the state’s hate crime law to cover crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, and investing in community resources for transgender youth at risk of suicide and self-harm. I interned at Legal Services Alabama providing free legal assistance to low-income clients and the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing ensuring access to equal opportunities in housing and lending. I also served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama where I had the distinction of being the youngest person nominated and elected to the board.

Before branching into civil rights generally, I was a well-known youth activist for the separation of church and state, religious freedom, and the interests of atheists, agnostics, and humanists. I was a legal and public policy intern at American Atheists and a PAC and legislative intern at the Center for Freethought Equality, the political arm of the American Humanist Association. I also served on the Youth Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In recognition of my activism, I received the 2017 David Norr Youth Activist Award from Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the 2014 Activist of the Year Award from American Atheists, the Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award from the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Award for Outstanding Activism from the Secular Student Alliance.

I live in Silver Spring, Maryland with my fiancé Peter and our cat Jack. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the DC metro area, gardening, reading, and watching movies and TV. I’m an avid fan of all things horror.

Education

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Class of 2019
B.A., Major in Government, Minor in History
Concentrations in American Government and American History
Honors and Awards: Senior Convocation Speaker; New Student Convocation Speaker; Harry S. Truman Scholarship; George Wescott Carey Scholarship; 1789 Scholarship; Dean’s List
Activities: Georgetown Scholars Program, The Hoya, LGBTQ Resource Center, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor, Prisons and Justice Initiative, Center for Social Justice Research, Teaching and Service, Institute of Politics and Public Service, Pre-Law Society

Coastal Alabama Community College, Bay Minette, AL, Class of 2016
A.A.S., Major in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude
Honors and Awards: Paralegal Award for Outstanding Scholarship; Phi Theta Kappa; President’s List
Activities: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, College Career Day, National Voter Registration Day

Professional Experience


Paralegal, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union, July 2019 – Present
Legal Assistant Trainee (Pathways Intern), U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section, October 2017 – August 2018
L.E.A.D. Intern, DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, June – August 2017
Legal & Public Policy Intern, American Atheists, May – August 2017
Undergraduate Intern, Voting Rights Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, January – May 2017
PAC & Legislative Intern, American Humanist Association, May – August 2016
Founder & Executive Director, Mobile Equality, August 2014 – May 2016
Constituent Services Intern, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne, June – July 2015
Paralegal Intern, South Alabama Center for Fair Housing, May – August 2015
Paralegal Intern, Legal Services Alabama, January – May 2015

Boards & Committees


Committee Member, Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence, November 2018 – Present
Member, Youth Advisory Council, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, August 2015 – August 2018
Equity Officer & Board Member, Board of Directors, ACLU of Alabama, September 2014 – May 2016

Volunteer Activities

GOTV Volunteer, Tom Perriello for Governor, May – June 2017
GOTV Volunteer, Maryland Democratic Party, October – November 2016
Campaign Volunteer, Bernie 2016, January – March 2016
Clinic Escort & Community Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Southeast, January – May 2016
Community Volunteer, Human Rights Campaign of Alabama, August 2014 – May 2016

Honors & Awards


Senior Convocation Student Speaker, Georgetown University
New Student Convocation Speaker, Georgetown University
Certificate of Recognition, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey
2018 Harry S. Truman Scholar, Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Certificate of Recognition, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
1789 Scholarship, Georgetown University
George Wescott Carey Scholarship, Georgetown University
Dean’s List, Georgetown University
Paralegal Award for Oustanding Scholarship, Coastal Alabama Community College
Phi Theta Kappa, Coastal Alabama Community College
President’s List, Coastal Alabama Community College
David Norr Youth Activist Award, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Catherine Fahringer Memorial Student Activist Award, Freedom From Religion Foundation
2014 Activist of the Year Award, American Atheists
Chinn LGBT Atheist Activism Scholarship, American Atheists
Award for Outstanding Activism, Secular Student Alliance
Student Activism Scholarship, Secular Student Alliance

Publications

Please see my writing page.