My Story

While earning my Masters in Public Administration at  Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana, I was shocked by the disparities our poorest students face while attempting to gain a quality education. I vowed that I will fight for a tuition-free higher education.

In 2006, my husband and I decided to quit our jobs and move to Iowa to help elect the next President. On the campaign trail, I served as President Obama’s Deputy States Director and put together the budgets for all 50 states to ensure they had the resources they needed to succeed.

Cropped MM at WHWhen Obama was elected in 2008, I was offered a job in the White House but I turned it down in order to advocate for our country’s students in the Department of Education.

During my 7 years in Obama’s Department of Education, I heard time and again from students and their families about the challenges they face in gaining a high-quality education.

It is heartbreaking to watch years of hard work be systematically wiped out by the new administration. But rather than sit idle, it renews my passion, and drive to put our student’s needs first.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know me, please do not hesitate to reach out and get involved: Here.