I'm a fifth generation South Dakotan with family who were some of the original homesteaders in rural McCook County, where I grew up. My family lived on an acreage where my parents instilled in us a deep love of nature, open spaces, and independence.
My degree in anthropology from the University of Montana and my experience working as a community organizer in South Dakota have led to me to my role with the Center.
I have a focus solely on South Dakota policy. I love building partnerships with people and groups who are passionate about creating positive and meaningful changes in their communities and lives.
In addition to my work for the Center I enjoy cooking, running, teaching yoga, tending my garden, and adventuring outdoors as much as possible.