The focus of my studies as a Harvard graduate student is on comparative evaluation of democracy vs. despotism around the world and the implications for America’s national security. My degree courses are chosen to encompass key drivers of security threats, sources of instability, and elements of global state and societal interactions. Among other topics during my time at Harvard, I’ve studied transnational security; cybersecurity; US-China relations; electoral politics; women, peace and security; and international law. These build upon my bachelors degree in political science at Frostburg State University and masters of business administration at the University of Michigan, as well as my professional experience in the public and private sectors. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I've studied at universities that are one, two, and four centuries old.


In my professional career, I am a story-focused and data-driven manager who innovates compelling products, collaboratively delivers positive change for employees and customers, and fosters inclusive and safe environments for diverse international teams. My focus is on "fintech" or financial technology in the global banking sector. My experience includes positions in marketing, product management, innovation, and team management for global companies including Credit Suisse, Wells Fargo, 3M, Lam Research, and DuPont -- collectively featuring three firms in the Fortune 100, two in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1 in the NASDAQ 100, and three that have survived more than a century.


Service to the community is a cornerstone of my commitment to "being the change." As Deputy Marriage Commissioner in San Francisco, I officiated 150 same-sex and opposite-sex weddings. As Vice Chair of San Francisco's Bond Oversight Committee, I led oversight of $2 billion in municipal infrastucture bonds during two terms appointed by the SF Board of Supervisors. I graduated from the California Connections Fellowship and Leadership San Francisco, and have served on many nonprofit boards and committees. I also served as Election Poll Inspector during the 2020 election cycle.