Hometown: South Bend, Ind.
Education: BA, Political Science, DePaul University | Masters in Public Policy and Administration, Northwestern University
Hobbies: I love to walk with my daughter around our neighborhood and go for long walks when I travel. My dad was from the South of France, and it is one of my favorite places to visit. I am trying my hand at vegetable gardening, which is quite fun. I also love to listen to music, everything from jazz and R&B to bluegrass and punk rock. I also read everything, mostly fiction, and obsessively follow politics.
Who are you?
I am Healthy Schools Campaign’s Senior Vice President. I oversee our communications team and some of our exciting program and policy work, including Space to Grow; provide fundraising leadership; focus on organizational culture and equity; and work closely with Rochelle, the Civic + Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors on strategy, program development and longterm planning.
What makes your job great?
It’s a good fit for me because I don’t have a typical day, which I really enjoy. I have a strong background in strategizing and policy development, and I get to use those skills all the time. I can also focus on things I care about, like social justice. I’ve always worked on equity issues in a broader sense, like racial and income disparities. At HSC, I’ve been able to bring that perspective to issues of school health.
When did you come to HSC?
2004. I had spent the previous eight years as a community organizer in Chicago’s West Humboldt Park neighborhood. I was co-executive director of a nonprofit that worked on the community’s most pressing issues—affordable housing, police accountability and safety, access to health services, improving school facilities and infrastructure issues. It was really broad because our programs were based on what was important to the community.
Why did you join HSC?
The organization was working on issues that I hadn’t worked on professionally, but was interested in personally. I stayed because the organization is committed to social justice, the work is challenging, my colleagues are amazing and I never get bored. HSC has also allowed me to find balance and focus on both my family and my professional passion.
Where does your motivation come from?
Working on social justice issues in my family is like becoming a doctor or lawyer in others. It’s the best thing you can do. Also, as the mother of a young girl, I’m now looking at school health issues with a different lens. I care about children and families, equity and justice and protecting our planet. HSC allows me to focus on all those things.