graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA. While a student, she wrote for the student newspaper, The Scarlet & Black, led the student service organization, Alternative Break, worked in the Admissions Office as both a Tour Guide and Senior Interviewer and served as a critic on the arts and literary magazine, The Grinnell Review. After graduation, she worked full time as an Admissions Officer, traveling all over the U.S. meeting and interviewing prospective students. She has also served as a Clerk for the U.S. House of Representatives, where she worked with Members of Congress and their staff. Since then, she has held many front-facing federal roles, most recently in the U.S. Small Business Administration, which has allowed her to help everyday Americans and public officials. Her work at the SBA has fueled her passion to more deeply understand the intricacies of the small business community in America and its large impact in the U.S. Born in Brooklyn to immigrant parents and raised in Washington, D.C., she enjoys running, volunteering and stand-up comedy. She is a citizen of the United States.