I grew up in a military family that eventually settled in North Pole, Alaska. My family instilled in me the importance of speaking up when I witnessed injustice. When I was growing up, that meant asking questions and standing up for myself and others. While pursuing my degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, I learned about how broken the justice system is and the extreme inequities in how justice is administered. Speaking up then meant finding a way to create positive change on both a systemic and individual level. This eventually led me to law school, where I graduated from Gonzaga School of Law in May 2021. During my time as a Bulldog, I strengthened my interest in legal work that allows me to engage with people in my community through volunteer work and internships at the Catholic Charities Immigration Law Clinic and the Law Office of Steve Graham, a criminal defense firm. This interest led me to TeamChild, where I am excited to be working directly with youth to help them achieve their goals and navigate a complex legal world.