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Professional Experience

Personal Background

I am a lifelong Madisonian and was born and raised on the city’s east side. At the age of 17, when I was a senior in high school, I became a mother to my son, Malachi. Despite having the support of my family and community, I still encountered many barriers commonly faced by low-income, single, mothers. Many of these barriers, I believe, were created and maintained by those furthest from the experiences they sought to provide assistance for. 

 

I am extremely privileged to have attended higher education institutions, to have earned two degrees, and to have the ability to serve my community through my professional work and volunteerism. I know that as your alderperson I can bring forth both personal lived experiences of being a former recipient of social programs, and offer my unique experience of providing and overseeing government assistance programs to our communities. These experiences are crucial, especially in a time where our community needs all the support we can offer in a post-pandemic environment.

 

Largely due to my personal experiences, I have spent my entire professional career advocating for social and economic justice. I will bring this passion and understanding to Madison's City Council.

I currently reside in the East Buckeye neighborhood with my two children, Malachi and Zhoie.

I graduated from LaFollette High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I have worked in the field of human and social services in Rock and Dane counties for over a decade. In my free time I serve as a guest lecturer for the School of Social Work at UW-Madison and participate in alumni efforts to diversify the university's student body.

 

I currently serve as the Housing Director for YWCA Madison where I oversee a department of 10 programs with an annual budget over $3M. I am committed to finding solutions to end homelessness and in these efforts, I was elected as Chair of the Homeless Services Consortium of Dane County (HSC). As Chair, I also hold a seat on the HSC’s Board of Directors. In December 2020, I was named one of the 51 Most Influential Black Leaders in Wisconsin, an annual honor given by Madison365. 

 

I seek to bring my extensive experience in serving my community and my unique drive for local politics to City Council in order to create a more inclusive, equitable, and just Madison.