Hometown: Evanston, Ill.
Education: Bachelor of Sociology, Harvard University | Master of Social Studies Education, Teachers College
Hobbies: I love all kinds of crafts and sewing, and make lots of costumes for my kids. I used to be a volunteer doula and attended a dozen births at different Chicago hospitals. My husband has a business making escape room-type puzzles, so we do a lot of puzzles in our house! I also love complicated board games, murder mysteries and the Great British Baking Show.
Who are you?
I am the Writer + Project Manager. Part of my time is spent writing grant proposals and reports to our funders. I also manage the communication about our national policy work.
What makes your job great?
I love grant writing because I think of it as a puzzle to solve. Every grant gives me the challenge of finding the right words to truly capture the work that we do, while responding to the very specific interests of our funders and staying within tight word limits on a strict deadline. Writing about national policy gives me a chance to think big about how we can help build systems to support student health. My job also lets me interact with everyone in the office. I get to work directly with the national policy team and the communications team and work with program staff on grants to support their work.
When did you come to Healthy Schools Campaign?
Why did you join Healthy Schools Campaign?
I had some very specific criteria during my last job hunt. I wanted a job at an organization whose mission inspired me, but I also wanted to make a transition from program work to full-time writing. Also, after two years working remotely and several years home with my kids before that, I was excited to be in an environment full of smart, funny, motivated people. HSC was a perfect fit on all counts!
Where does your motivation come from?
I just read Claire and Rochelle’s biographies, and I laughed because, like Claire, everyone in my family just does this kind of work, and like Rochelle, I think a huge part of my personal motivation comes from being raised with the Jewish concept of tikkun olam. But I will add that in 2014, when my son started kindergarten, I was deeply impacted by the contrast between the delightful CPS school he was attending and the school closings that had just devastated many low-income black and Latino communities. It pulled me back into education after a number of years away because I realized I had work to do.