Where are you from?
I grew up in Loveland, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati. Now, I call Michigan home!
What were you doing before you came to Ford?
Before Ford, I worked as a tax preparer in rural Michigan and Appalachia. I was also a swim coach!
Why did you choose Ford?
I chose Ford because of the flexibility in building my degree. Though the MPP is a generalist degree, I am able to choose my classes to fill my skill gaps and learn all the things I actually want to learn. I was also drawn to the community here. With COVID, it has looked a bit different, but I am in awe of how the students and faculty have been able to support each other.
What do you want to do with your Ford degree?
After Ford, I hope to work in economic development and gender equity policy. Specifically, I want to work with small businesses and entrepreneurs. Though I am not sure where it will take me, I would like to live outside of the US in the future!