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Who Am I?

Dear 9th Ward Residents,

Let me begin by telling you a little about myself.  My passion to help others started early in my childhood.  I was raised by my mom, who was a very creative entrepreneur with a can-do attitude.  As a child, my family was poor.  We lived in public housing on the south side of Chicago.  Nevertheless, my mom always told me that I could do or be anything I wanted to.  She always involved me in community programs, which provided me with positive youth development and shaped me into the person I am today.  Understanding the impact that community programs had on my life is what inspired me to pursue a career in social services.​  I have invested my entire career in social services.   I am a lifelong resident of Chicago's far south side communities. 


I attended Bennett Elementary School and graduated from Fenger High School. I purchased my first home in West Pullman at the age of 22.  I graduated from Chicago State University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology in 1998 and then a Master’s degree in Social Work in 2001.  In 2005, I became a Licensed Social Worker (LSW)  in the state of Illinois.  

Upon becoming an LSW, I realized that if I wanted to impact our community, there were other skills that I needed.  In 2008, I graduated from DeVry Keller Graduate School with  dual Master's degree in Business Administration and Project Management.  In 2009, I started Roseland Youth & Community.  A non-profit organization with the mission to provide capacity building support for far south side community organizations that service youth. 

I am a wife, mother of two daughters, and an independent Business Consultant. In 2020, I was elected Chairperson of Metcalfe Elementary School’s Local School Council, where I currently serve as a parent LSC member.  I look forward to serving the 9th Ward of Chicago as your first female Alderperson when you elect me in 2023!

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