I am a Program Manager at Vital Voices Global Partnership, where I oversee the Rising Voices portfolio of initiatives.

Vital Voices is non-profit organization, based in Washington DC, dedicated to partnering with the world’s boldest women leaders to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals outlined by the United Nations.

The Rising Voices initiatives identify and invest in young women leaders, ages 18-25, to facilitate their leadership development and to build their capacities and confidence as they work to dismantle systemic oppression.


Before beginning my employment at Vital Voices, my intellectual interests in storytelling, migration, multilingualism, and gender studies led me to pursue a BA at the University of North Carolina and a PhD at the University of Michigan. It was during my time in graduate school that I became convinced that young people often hold the innovative ideas, the passion, and the energy to take on some of the world’s greatest challenges. Although young people are frequently armed with dedication, they sometimes lack confidence and the world we live in undermines their credibility; those are precisely the areas I now address in my daily work at Vital Voices. 

While at Michigan, I also completed a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies and a Graduate Teacher Certificate. My research on gender consistently shapes the lens through which I see not only problems and questions but also solutions. Similarly, my pedagogical training (which has led me to present at conferences, write book chapters, and receive micro-credentials) continues to shape how I communicate with both my colleagues and the young people I serve. 

Before leaving higher education, I taught at three universities in addition to my alma maters. First, I was a lecturer in the UFR Études Anglophones at Université de Paris VII, Diderot during the 2014-2015 academic year. I also held an appointment as Assistant Professor of French in the Department of World Languages & Cultures at Sam Houston State University for two years. Most recently, I was affiliated with Texas A&M University, where I was an ACES Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of International Studies.