I am a social scientist studying inequality, local governance, and public policy, working to better understand the politics of social problems so we are better prepared to collectively solve them.

Ph.D. Candidate | Dept. of Politics at U.C. Santa Cruz

I am currently a policy analyst working on homelessness for the California Department of Housing and Community Development. I previously led a community-engaged research project on food insecurity for the Blum Center on Poverty, Social Enterprise, and Participatory Governance. I am completing my dissertation on the local politics of homelessness in urban California.

My research has been published in the Urban Affairs Review and supported by the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.

Prior to graduate school, I managed education programming for a nonprofit arts organization in Chicago, seeking to expand arts education opportunities to historically under-resourced schools, neighborhoods, and communities.

Areas of Expertise

Research & Policy Analysis

Extensive experience designing and conducting research ventures, analyzing public policy and the political environments and processes from which they emerge; expertise in homeless policy and urban politics.


Practiced ability to clearly, accurately synthesize complex research into salient takeaways; excellent written and verbal communication skills; engaging presenter.

Collaborative Partnership

Experience forging collaborative partnerships with governing boards and direct service providers, academics and equity advocates.