Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, for as long as you can - Hillary Clinton
I’m a proud Wisconsin native, but consider Washington, D.C. my second home. I began my career as a Field Organizer for Obama for America in rural Wisconsin for the 2008 presidential cycle and spent four years on field teams in various states, including: Virginia, Wisconsin, and North Carolina. Following the 2012 election, I joined the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) and became the National Field Director, managing issue and electoral field programs across the country for the past five years.
Working the drive-thru at the coolest fast-food restaurant in Wisconsin – Culver’s – at age 14. All the cheese curds and custard you could ever want. (If you’re reading this and don’t know what a cheese curd is, your life is about to be changed).
In 2010, I was honored to work for Tom Perriello’s reelection campaign in VA-05. He won a plus-five Republican district in 2008 by 727 votes, then voted for the passage of ACA saying, “Some say that this vote seals my political fate, but I didn't come to Congress to do what's easy--I came here to do what's right.” One week before Election Day, we found out that President Obama was coming to our city for a rally. Then ensued the craziest 36 hours of my life. The day following the rally was the first day of GOTV, and there was a line of canvassers waiting to get into our staging location at 9:00 am. We ran out of packets by the second shift – it was beautiful.
Like many young people in 2008, I was inspired by Barack Obama and without him, I don’t know that I would have found my way to politics. Closer to home, my sister is the strongest person I know.
I volunteer with the International Rescue Committee’s GenR program. The program connects young professionals (ages 25-40) who want to make an impact in the lives of refugees and families in the DC Metro area. Members plan events, mentor refugee youth, raise money, can visit IRC’s international programs around the world and participate in other volunteer opportunities as they arise.
Passage of the ACA on March 23, 2010. I spent nearly a year going to the most rural places in southwest Virginia, attending town halls, knocking doors, leading trainings and organizing community members in support of passing health care reform. The moment the ACA passed will always be a special memory.
I'd have to say April 25. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.
Favorite Sport/sports Team
I’m an intense Green Bay Packers fan: I enjoy having long conversations about my journey to forgiving Brett Favre, dreaming of our next Super Bowl win, and talking about how we are the only community-owned team in professional sports. And of course, you can always find me cheering for my alma mater Wisconsin Badgers (mostly football and basketball).
I’m often told it’s weird how much I love cabbage.
Traveling and reading, especially reading while traveling. I also love presidential trivia – no matter if it’s playing for keeps or just reading fun facts on my couch.