She has a BA in history from Purdue University, and she has previously worked and organized through New Voices Women of Color for Reproductive Justice, SisterSong, and the National Network of Abortion Funds, among others. Her foundation in building community comes from her grandmother who owned a barbershop attached to her family’s home, and her grandfather who held United Auto Workers meetings for Black employees that were pioneers in racially integrating the union. As a national reproductive justice leader, building community and connectivity around shared purpose has been amplified in her organizing work.
Her writing focuses on Black women’s leadership, support and visibility for queer and transgender Black, Indigenous, and People of Color folx, cannabis equity, and Black midwestern lived experiences which have been published in The Huffington Post, The Root, Rewire, and elsewhere. Her work is also featured two newly released anthologies, Sweeter Voices Still: An LGBTQ Anthology From Middle America and The Echoing Ida Collection. In her leadership coaching, she uses an integrated wellness approach through her study of herbalism, African Spirituality, and mindfulness practices to create intimate truth-telling and space-making. She is currently a virtual clinical herbalism student at the Well of Indigenous Wisdom Clinical Herbalism School in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.