I have been working in the political arena in various roles since 2017, and my experience includes leading fundraising efforts, coordinating meetings with elected officials and community leaders, extensive issue research, and planning, managing and executing grassroots organization programs.
With a background in microbiology, a career in advocacy and lobbying might not seem like the obvious next step. But I fell in love with the political world while volunteering in college, and never looked back. However, I find that many of the traits that drive scientific inquiry apply to my work in lobbying, too: curiosity, open-mindedness, and a desire to make the world a better place.
My favorite aspect of working in politics and advocacy is getting to meet people from a broad spectrum of backgrounds and with a wide range of goals. I appreciate being able to learn directly from people and businesses the matters that are most important to them, and do what I can to ensure that is reflected in legislation.
I love forming relationships, and throughout my time working in government, whether for campaigns or working in legislators’ offices, I deeply value all of the people I have met and who shared their experiences with me.
Outside of work, I enjoy cooking and going out to new restaurants. Spending time in Minnesota’s great outdoors in any season is a priority—from golfing to hiking and fishing, there is always something outside to enjoy.