What is your background?
I am a Seattle-native—born, raised, and schooled. I graduated magna cum laude from the University of Washington in my major of English. With a passion for writing and an abiding interest in social justice, I have worked in child welfare and public policy, as well as traffic safety education.
Why are you passionate about empowering young people to be safer drivers and passengers?
Our program transcends traffic safety, because at the core of what we do is a desire to help people be more conscientious—systems reform starts with empowering the individual. By investing in people and communities with effective education, we not only improve public safety, but civic intelligence as well. This is how we change the world.
What draws you to the Impact Teen Drivers Mission?
It upsets me to see young people dying in a preventable health epidemic, so this is the number one pull for me. I’m also drawn to ITD’s grassroots approach of creating a network of ambassadors to stimulate culture-change.
Why do you enjoy being part of Impact Teen Drivers?
My sense of self is interwoven with my ability to connect with people, and our program hinges on reaching people on the emotional level. I am deeply ideologically connected to ITD’s mission, and get the privilege of cultivating meaningful professional relationships with people of all ages and backgrounds.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Preferred solitary activities include reading, writing, and puttering. I’m very social, though, and take any opportunity to stomp around the city with my friends—urban hikes are a favorite. I try to visit my family in Seattle (including two wildly cute and compelling nephews) whenever I get the chance.
What three adjectives would you use to describe yourself?
Spirited, empathetic, gregarious