About

Photo by John Curran/The Hoya

I am a junior at Georgetown University majoring in government and minoring in history with plans to go to law school and pursue a career as a public interest attorney. A first-generation, low-income, non-traditional student from Mobile, Alabama, I earned my GED, graduated summa cum laude from community college with an A.A.S. in paralegal studies, and received a 1789 Scholarship to transfer to Georgetown University. I am a 2018 Truman Scholar from Alabama, a highly competitive federal scholarship awarded to college juniors who plan to pursue careers in public service.

Since coming to Washington, DC, I’ve pursued opportunities in the federal government, city government, and national nonprofit organizations. I’m currently a legal assistant at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division, where I work to enforce the constitutional and civil rights of all Americans, particularly the most vulnerable members of our society. Previously, I interned with the DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs serving the residents of the District of Columbia. I also interned with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law defending the right to vote for racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and other traditionally disenfranchised groups.

While 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 nondiscrimination ordinance protecting LGBTQ residents and amending the state’s hate crime law to cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. I also interned with Legal Services Alabama providing legal assistance to low-income communities and the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing ensuring access to fair and affordable housing. I served on the Board of Directors of the ACLU of Alabama protecting the civil liberties and civil rights of all Alabamians, where I had the distinction of being the youngest person nominated and elected to the board.

I have been extensively involved in advocating for the separation of church and state and the interests of atheists, agnostics, and humanists. I currently serve on the Youth Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State advising the organization on how to reach and engage young people. The past two summers I interned as a legal and public policy intern at American Atheists and as a PAC intern at Freethought Equality Fund PAC electing nonreligious candidates to public office. In recognition of my advocacy, 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’ve built this website to share who I am and what I’m passionate about with others. I’d love to hear from you. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, or contact me here.

Education

Georgetown University, Washington, DC, Expected May 2019
Candidate for B.A., Major in Government, Minor in History
Honors: Truman Scholar, 1789 Scholarship, Dean’s List (Fall ’16, Spring ’17)
Activities: Georgetown Scholarship 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

Faulkner State Community College, Bay Minette, AL, Class of 2016
A.A.S., Major in Paralegal Studies, summa cum laude
Honors: Paralegal Award, Phi Theta Kappa, President’s List
Activities: Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, College Career Day, National Voter Registration Day

Professional Experience


Legal Assistant (Pathways Intern), U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section
L.E.A.D. Intern, DC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs
Legal & Public Policy Intern, American Atheists
Youth Advisory Council, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Voting Rights Project Intern, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
PAC & Legislative Intern, American Humanist Association
Equity Officer, Board of Directors, ACLU of Alabama
Founder & Executive Director, Mobile Equality
Constituent Services Intern, U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne
Paralegal Intern, South Alabama Center for Fair Housing
Paralegal Intern, Legal Services Alabama

Volunteer Activities

Clinic Escort & Community Volunteer, Planned Parenthood Southeast
Community Volunteer, Human Rights Campaign of Alabama
Campaign Volunteer, Bernie 2016
GOTV Volunteer, Maryland Democratic Party
GOTV Volunteer, Tom Perriello for Governor
Precinct Official Volunteer, Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee

Honors & Awards

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

Publications

Please see my writing page.

Speaking Engagements

“Being Openly Atheist in the Bible Belt: How and Why It’s Important Everywhere,” Pennsylvania State Atheist/Humanist Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2017
“Coalition Building: Why Is It So Important?” Secular Student Alliance 2016 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, July 2016
“Taking Secular Activism Off of Campus and Into Government,” Secular Student Alliance 2016 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, July 2016
“A Conversation with Annabelle Gurwitch and Amanda Scott,” Reason Rally Mini-Convention, Washington, D.C., June 2016
“Youth Outreach Guide: How to Reach and Engage Youth,” Americans United for Separation of Church and State 2015 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., November 2015
“Using the Media for Secular Activism,” Secular Student Alliance 2015 Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, July 2015
“The Fight for LGBT Equality in Mobile,” Fairhope Unitarian Fellowship, Fairhope, Alabama, March 2015
“How to Get Involved in Secular Activism,” University of South Alabama Secular Student Alliance, Mobile, Alabama, October 2014
“Secular Dissent and the Tyranny of the Majority,” Alabama Rally for Secular Government, Montgomery, Alabama, May 2014
“Church Politicking and the First Amendment,” Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mobile, Mobile, Alabama, February 2014