Born, raised, and educated in the northwest Iowa town of Sioux Center, I am the daughter of a fourth generation family business. I take pride in the leadership and investments my family has made in our community and, in turn, the investments the community has made to ensure the success of our town.
Feeling fortunate to have grown up in a thriving and burgeoning small town, I desire to work toward the sustainable development of other rural communities. I am grateful to learn from and work with rural residents to build a resilient, clean-energy future.
I graduated from Dordt University where I studied biology, environmental science, and political science. Outside of my work with the Center for Rural Affairs, I serve on the steering committee for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action and as a regional organizer for the Climate Witness Project of the Office of Social Justice of the Christian Reformed Church of North America. In my free time, I enjoy running, cycling, hiking, gardening, and visiting farmers markets.