I am currently a joint J.D./M.S. in Foreign Service candidate at Georgetown University, where I study U.S. foreign policy. I hope to build a career where I can help redefine the United States’ role in a rapidly changing world. I want to push my country to pursue diplomacy over domination, prioritize human needs over corporate profits, and cooperate with allies and rivals alike to solve global challenges like climate change and nuclear proliferation. I am interested in working on teams dedicated to shaping foreign policy decisions and conversations, whether in government, on Capitol Hill, or in the advocacy sphere.
I first became interested in U.S. foreign policy as a student ten years ago, when I began learning Arabic from a Syrian teacher at the onset of the 2011 Arab uprisings. Now, a decade later, I’ve lived, worked, and traveled throughout the Middle East and North Africa, seeing firsthand the human costs of decisions made in Washington.
Before moving to Washington, DC, I learned about grassroots activism, race, and injustice as a political organizer in Mississippi. Working alongside young activists and veteran civil rights leaders alike, I co-founded a voting rights nonprofit, advised political campaigns, launched a successful racial gerrymandering lawsuit, and advocated for the removal of a Confederate statue. My experiences in Mississippi taught me the importance of popular movements in actualizing our democracy and showed me the deep-seated, structural inequalities that pervade our nation.
I earned my undergraduate degree in Arabic and International Studies from the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi, where I graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.
I’m a proud New Mexican with roots in Albuquerque, Taos, and Roswell, a student of Mississippi’s long struggle for freedom, and a resident of Washington, DC, where you can find me searching for the capital’s best tacos.