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 work to defend the right to vote and fight back against the 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 address hate violence and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity in the county. 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 as a Harry S. Truman Scholar with my B.A. in Government. Ultimately, I hope to go to law school to pursue a career in public interest law and eventually run for public office.
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 the Voting Rights Act and other federal laws guaranteeing the right to vote. Before joining the DOJ, I interned at the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law assisting voters through the Election Protection Hotline at all stages of voting. 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 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 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, safeguarding the civil rights and civil liberties of all Alabamians, where I had the distinction of being the youngest person nominated and elected to the board.
I have also been extensively involved in advocating 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 advising the organization on how to reach and engage young people. 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 live in Silver Spring, Maryland with my fiancé Peter, our cat Jack, and many houseplants. In my free time, I enjoy exploring the DC area, gardening, reading, going to art museums, and watching movies and TV, especially horror, sci-fi, and true crime.