Grants Analyst, Sr.
Serving Plano Since 2016
Describe your role within Neighborhood Services.
I help oversee grants that provide housing and social services to people with a low income and people experiencing homelessness. During the pandemic, I have worked with our team to develop strategies that respond to the needs of residents and businesses who have lost income due to closures, including the Small Business Grant and Tenant Based Rental Assistance programs. The past few months have brought new challenges, but I am grateful that we have been able to provide some relief to our community!
What made you decide to take this career path? If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I believe that all people are worthy of dignity, justice and a safe, stable place to call home. I sought a career in public service, where I could put these beliefs into action through my work. If I wasn’t doing this, I think I would be in a creative field like graphic design or fine arts.
What do you enjoy most about working at the City of Plano?
Working with such a competent, friendly team of people. I have never met anyone with Team Plano who wasn’t willing to go the extra mile to help a resident or coworker.
Where would you like to travel to?
I want to go to Australia to dive the Great Barrier Reef.
What do you like to do on your days off?
I love to be out in nature. As long as the sun is out, you can find me traveling around DFW to bike, camp, swim and paddleboard. I also like to draw and try new recipes.
What makes the neighborhood you grew up in or where you live now special?
My neighborhood was built in the 1950’s, so we have our driveways out in front and chain link fences in our backyards. I like how easy this makes it to stay connected with my neighbors, as we pass each other coming and going throughout the week.
What did you do prior to working at the City of Plano?
I was the Program Director at a nonprofit providing emergency assistance for people in financial crisis.
What is your favorite place in Plano and why?
My favorite place in Plano is Oak Point Park. I like that is has a little bit of everything – hiking trails, paved paths for walking/biking and a pond where you can kayak or paddleboard.