During my Masters program, I was introduced to aligning workforce and economic development initiatives as an intern in DC. That experience taught me to analyze how the connection between career development, education, and economic development serves as a factor in increasing competitiveness for the future and struggling workforce. My past work experience allowed me to provide career and academic advising, as well as job development services to traditional students, dislocated workers, social service recipients, and ESL students. I have partnered with local elected officials and employers to organize 2 major job fairs with 25 companies and over 400 candidates, as well as, develop training programs that align with local growing markets. In addition, organized numerous career day workshops that introduced students to local employers with a goal to obtain internship and employment. My goal is to use my skills in increasing access for underrepresented youth and young talent to work-based learning opportunities and innovative positions in the STEAM industry.
Independently, I have participated in public policy hearings to measure how revitalization projects directly impact low-income residents’ ability to maintain property ownership, natural resources and small businesses. My role, also, allowed me to observe how local businesses were contributing to community development projects, while increasing their revenue and clientele. As a WCRC consultant, I intend to collaborate with stakeholders in increasing employers and entrepreneurs’ contribution to economic, cultural, and environmental sustainability projects for underrepresented residents. My work would include heavily targeting entrepreneurs and employer representatives from similar backgrounds who would better understand the needs of these communities. My passion is to close these gaps so that a diverse representation of leaders can contribute to the policy decision-making process and economic growth.
Eventually, I will use my political background to work with policy leaders, researchers, and elected officials to develop bills and advocate for initiatives that align with my mission. Currently, I serve on the Planning Board in my township and soon will be serving on the Workforce Development Board in my County. Although my work is located in the northeast, I am in the process of expanding in other parts of the country and internationally. I have earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Georgia State University and a Masters of Public Administration from University of Baltimore.