New York resident, Chicago native, and Georgetown alumna. I am a reporter, a producer, a writer, and a social entrepreneur.
MOBILIZING AN ARMY OF YOUNG PEOPLE
In 2004, when I was 11-years-old, I started Kids Caring 4 Kids to empower young people to help provide basic human needs to children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Since its founding, Kids Caring 4 Kids has engaged over 15,000 young people in the U.S. to raise one million dollars to support programs providing access to clean water, healthcare, food and education. Now a program of Lifesong for Orphans, a former partner organization, Kids Caring 4 Kids is aimed at engaging young people in the effort to develop and sustain Lifesong's school in Kitwe, Zambia.
HEAR US ROAR
While attending Georgetown University I co-founded OWN IT, a national women’s leadership initiative that seeks to empower and inspire college women by providing a venue for them to meet and engage with female leaders of the 21st century. Reaching over 3,000 young women and over 300 high profile and nationally-recognized female leaders, we produce game-changing summits that focus on leadership, diversity, accessibility and feminism. Want to join our girl gang (#ladymafia) that is now active on 10 college campuses? Click here.
I am currently a producer and reporter for The New York Times’ Opinion video effort. Prior to NYT, I worked as a producer and correspondent at Mic where I helped develop our opinion video offering and reported on women’s issues and health and illness for Mic Dispatch, a news magazine show. Most notably at Mic, my interview with Alice Marie Johnson, a woman serving a life without parole sentence for a first-time nonviolent drug offense, inspired Kim Kardashian West to get involved in Johnson's case. Kardashian West then successfully lobbied President Trump to grant Johnson clemency and I produced a series of reported pieces alongside the effort, catapulting the story to make international headlines and result in real-world impact. Prior to joining Mic, I worked at CBS This Morning where I assisted Norah O'Donnell as we covered the 2016 presidential campaign and election.
I’m grateful to those who have helped me amplify the voices of others. Most prominently I have been honored as the 2014 Glamour Magazine College Woman of the Year, a Chicagoan of the Year by Chicago Magazine, Zeitgeist Young Mind by Google, and one of Youth Service America’s “Top 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People.” You can find me hanging out with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford on the TODAY Show, sandwiched between Oprah and President Clinton on the Oprah show, and giving a TED talk… among other things.