I have always felt driven to help create more equitable communities. In living this drive, I have had the privilege of working and volunteering with many local and international organizations in a wide variety of programs.
Some highlights include working with Youth, Rights & Justice in Multnomah County as a legal assistant and case manager; interning with the Mercy Corps Syria grants team in Jordan; serving with Portland Homeless Family Solutions; tutoring through IRCO at David Douglas High School; volunteering in national disaster relief shelters with the Red Cross; and most recently, researching food security for primary students in Rwanda. I currently volunteer with a nonprofit I helped found, Immigrant Connection PDX, providing low cost immigration legal services.
I hope to leverage these experiences in local and international community development, as well as my Master’s in Global Development and Justice, to help develop Second Home into the rural Clackamas area, where I live. I have already learned so much about my own geographic community and rural houselessness, and I am encouraged to find many existing, excellent partners working in both housing and education. One of the most exciting aspects of Second Home is its value of lived experience: coming alongside youth to support them with needs they have identified so that they can better pursue their dreams.
In addition to community development adventures, I love adventuring with my husband, two cats, and our extended family (Ohana). We enjoy art, music, backpacking, reading, traveling, mountain climbing, and having our backyard full of friends, food, music, and laughter. I can’t get enough of house plants, Kaua’i, Madam Secretary and Starbucks. I am a violinist (teacher and performer) and really need more time to practice.
I am honored to join the incredible team with Second Home, and I am thrilled to partner with the wealth of human capital that exists in my community to support the youth of rural Clackamas.