About

Photo Credit: Georgetown University

I’m a legal and policy advocate, writer and community organizer working to protect civil rights, ensure access to justice, and address income and wealth inequality.

Currently, I am a paralegal at ACLU’s Voting Rights Project where I protect the right to vote and fight back against targeted voter suppression of people of color, people on public assistance, disabled people, and formerly and currently incarcerated people. I also serve on the Montgomery County Committee Against Hate/Violence which works to eradicate acts of hate and intimidation through community education, advocacy, collaboration, and legislation. My writing on these topics has been published in The Washington Post, The Mobile Press-Register, The Birmingham News, The Huntsville Times, and The Montgomery Advertiser.

Born and raised in a working-class family in Mobile, Alabama, I was the first person in my family to go to college and one of the few to graduate from high school. A non-traditional student, I earned my GED at 20, 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.

At Georgetown, I studied American history, government, politics and law, and did a senior independent research project on criminal disenfranchisement laws and institutional racism in the United States. I also did internships at the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Washington, D.C. Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs. In my junior year, I was one of 59 students awarded the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a competitive federal scholarship for college students planning to go to graduate school and pursue careers in public service.

When I was in community college, 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 and amending the state’s hate crime law to cover crimes motivated by the victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.  I interned for Legal Services Alabama, providing free legal assistance to low-income clients, and the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing, guaranteeing equal access to fair housing, credit and lending opportunities. 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.

During this time, I was also a youth advocate for the separation of church and state, religious freedom, and the civil rights 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. I also served served on the Youth Advisory Council of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. In recognition of my secular advocacy, I received national awards and was invited to present at national conferences.

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, watching movies and playing video games. I’m a horror, sci-fi and true crime buff.

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.