...Then you'd know that I've experienced emotional and professional burnout first-hand, and I've experienced recovery first-hand.
I left a promising political career to commit myself to serving the well-being of individuals and groups involved in change work. I've stayed in DC, the city I chose and the city I love, through this change. We've been together for 13 years now, and for seven of those years I have been in recovery from substance abuse. It's been an incredible ride.
I bring an anti-oppression lens to all of my work. I love nothing more than creating safe, engaging, and healthy spaces for folks to flourish. Trauma-informed mindfulness practices and self-care have been central to my own growth as a being and I weave them into everything I do.
I have facilitated restorative practices for four years and am trained in proactive and responsive circle processes, nonviolent communication (NVC), and trauma resilience. I work at the intersection of special needs and restorative processes.
Youth work was my first love, and I am so grateful to have worked with many DC organizations serving young people to develop and deliver engaging curriculum: SchoolTalk/Restorative DC, City Kids Wilderness Project, One Common Unity, iBme, GirlsRock! DC, Minds Inc, Girls on the Run, DC Reads and SMYAL, along with DCPS and charter and alternative schools throughout the DMV.