Seeing the glaring flaws within our education system and our city, I chose to run for school board before starting my own family, and was elected in 2017. Five weeks ago, I finally gave birth to my own future SLPS scholar, and my fight for St. Louis Public Schools is now more personal than ever. I live in Mark Twain/I-70 Industrial (near Natural Bridge/Goodfellow), and hope to end the decline of our neighborhood and its schools before my son is old enough to recognize the inequity that compelled me to run for office.
I studied computer science and music theory at the University of Arkansas and served as the university’s youngest and first female computer lab manager. I remain an advocate for young women entering STEM careers.
I moved to St. Louis in 2010 and continued my dedication to technology education as Development Director and Board Member for North City nonprofit WITS Inc., rebuilding unwanted electronics into computers for students and schools and leading workshops teaching families to assemble their own computers from recycled parts. I provided more than 1,000 free computers for families in need.
In 2013, I founded Project Raise The Roof, an organization that helps stop the seizure of owner-occupied northside homes at City Sheriff’s auctions and keeps houses on the tax rolls—generating school funding and preventing vacant properties. I’ve helped more than 80 northside citizens retain their family homes.
Since my first year on the Board, I’ve been elected as an officer by my fellow board members each year, and I served on the executive leadership team who oversaw the historic transition back to local control. In 2019, I was appointed as St. Louis’ representative on the board of directors for the Missouri School Boards’ Association, and have earned both Advanced and Master school board certifications.
I served as a 2016 and 2020 Democratic National Convention delegate, and have registered more than 200 high school seniors to vote. Given St. Louis City’s dwindling population and SLPS’ corresponding enrollment decline, I believe the City’s only chance of survival is equipping our youth to become innovators and community activists, and inspiring them to stay here as the City’s stewards.