Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin; Austin, Texas
Master of Public Affairs, expected May 2019
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University; Evanston, Illinois
Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Political Science, June 2011
Communications Intern, AARP Texas; Austin, Texas — Feb.-May 2018; Aug. 2018-Present
Audit Intern, Office of the City Auditor, City of Austin; Austin, Texas — June-Aug. 2018
Team Member, Policy Research Project; Austin, Texas — Aug. 2017-May 2018
Graduate Policy Intern, Texas House of Representatives; Austin, Texas — July-Aug. 2017
News Associate, The Associated Press; Chicago, Illinois — Jan. 2015-June 2016
Reporter, The Dallas Morning News; Dallas, Texas — April 2013-Aug. 2014
Experienced writer in many formats, including memos, policy briefs and bill analyses, as well as news articles in newspaper, magazine and online styles. Wrote on tight deadlines and on many topics as a journalist, including housing, government and politics.
Experience working in Excel and statistical software R. Researcher on report on assisted-living facility response issues during Hurricane Harvey for AARP Texas, and on award-winning project on local government transparency at The Dallas Morning News. Contributed to work on audits related to homelessness and development services in Austin. Developed survey on health and social services for seniors as part of Policy Research Project. Interviewed public officials and general public as a journalist.
As a journalist, took news photos and video, submitted public records requests, and worked with social media, WordPress, MailChimp and Google Analytics.
Academic Leadership & Honors
Vice President, Graduate Public Affairs Council — Feb. 2018-Present
Treasurer, Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color — Jan.-Dec. 2018
Ben Barnes Fellowship in Public Leadership — Aug. 2017-May 2019