I have spent the last 11 years in various roles serving youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in Washington State. What brought me to this work is my personal experience as an “at-risk” youth. I had different touch points with the court system and experienced brief housing instability as a young adult. For me, education was a catalyst to overcoming my circumstances. Due to my lived experience, I feel deeply passionate about helping young people navigate systems that are designed to punish them. I have an undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Political Science and Communications and a masters from Seattle University in Nonprofit Leadership. Throughout my career, I have done resource development, community engagement, racial/LGBTQ+ equity work, and program development. In my current role as Director of Investments and Partnerships, I want to center the voices of young people, where they have voice, choice, and autonomy in how their stories are told and I want to expand TeamChild’s impact across Washington State.