1. Where are you from? And if not from Atlanta, when did you make Atlanta your home?
I’m originally from Milledgeville, Georgia. I recently re-located to Atlanta from Macon, Georgia, where I attended university (go Middle Georgia State University Knights!) and then began work in the nonprofit sector.
2. What is your work/career background?
I obtained a bachelor’s in English, and after college, created a local literary festival. Through my work within the community, I was offered the position of volunteer recruitment and data specialist at the United Way of Central Georgia’s Read United initiative, which focused on increasing literacy scores in public Bibb County elementary schools. My passion and my career began to fuse, as I worked to share something I loved with those who could use it to change their life.
3. What led you to Georgia Equality? Why have you chosen to work for this organization? As I looked to transition, Georgia Equality offered a position that would allow me to bring the skills I learned at United Way to another nonprofit organization, with a chance to begin work in something I have always been passionate about — LGBTQ+ advocacy. Growing up in Milledgeville, I know how important it is for our community to be present and active in all sectors of Georgia. Georgia Equality’s team is a group of amazing, inspiring individuals that I am humbled to work with everyday. When looking at nonprofits in Atlanta, I researched organizations that I felt aligned with my personal ideology, and also, offered me room to learn, and challenge myself. Jeff Graham and Eric Paulk have honored me by allowing me to join them.
4. Random Fact: What is your favorite local hangout spot and why?
I’m very, very new to town. I live in Decatur, so, I’d have to say that my fave little restaurant right now, because I adore their staff and ownership, is Kafenio Avondale.
I’d also like to give a little shout out to the salon next door, Williams & Roy Salon. When I was new to town, the staff there welcomed me and always pointed me in the right direction.