I fell in love with words early, reading about Anne of Green Gable’s “long canopy of snowy fragrant bloom” on the White Way of Delight. I learned words could paint pictures, create sounds, and conjure smells. Through my studies and early career, I learned more about the power of words and saw first hand how words could make a real connection and move a nation.

Today, I have 20 years of communication and public relations experience. Most recently, I served as Senior Program Manager for a U.S. Agency for International Development contract that trained and supported the agency’s more than 150 field-based communication officers. The program focused heavily on storytelling—through words and video—speech writing and public presentations, social media best practices, and brand management.

Prior to that, I was a Senior Associate Director for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the philanthropic division of Children's National Health System in Washington, DC. In this role, I managed key international donor and stakeholder communication and media relations. My primary focus was on elevating the visibility of and engagement with Children’s National among audiences in the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier in my career, I served as Press Director for a large, non-profit humanitarian organization, as well as a U.S. State Department Press Officer. This work allowed me to manage communication activities and serve on projects in Ethiopia, Niger, South Sudan, and Haiti, among other countries. I also served at The White House as Assistant Staff Secretary and Deputy Director of Presidential Writers and spent time at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as a Strategic Communication Specialist. I began my career at a public relations firm in Tallahassee, FL.

I am a native of New Orleans and received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Communication from Florida State University. I also hold a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University and am certified as a Project Management Professional.