District 20 (Montgomery County)
Miller Senate Office Building West 2
6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 841-3634, (301) 858-3634
fax: (410) 841-3166, (301) 841-3166
I was born and raised in Silver Spring. While neither of my parents went to college, they taught me the importance of a good education. I was the first person in my family to earn a college degree, graduating from The College of William & Mary. I continued on, gaining my masters from Johns Hopkins University, and my law degree from William & Mary.
Born at the tail end of the Jim Crow era, my parents were young adults during the height of the civil rights movement. Their struggle and sacrifice opened the doors of opportunity for me and generations to come and it is their example that taught me the importance of giving back to others. That’s why I enrolled in Americorps, where I worked as a community engagement leader for IMPACT Silver Spring.
The desire to give back is also why I sought and received a commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve in the years following 9/11. Giving back to the community that has given so much to me is why I founded the Youth Achieve Scholarship Fund, raising money to help well-qualified students with a demonstrated need pay for college.
Professionally, I have also never stopped finding ways to give back. After working at the ACLU and at a civil rights law firm where I handled employment discrimination cases, I was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in his administration, as a Director at the Department of Homeland Security, organizing briefings and producing policy recommendations on homeland security for top administration officials, including Cabinet Members.
I currently work at a public policy firm and serve on several boards, including: IMPACT Silver Spring, GapBuster Learning Center, The Barrie School, The Gandhi Brigade, and the NAACP Montgomery County Chapter. I have also continued my government service as a member of Montgomery County’s Nighttime Economy Task Force where I serve as chair of the Public Safety Committee. I have also served as Chair of Montgomery County’s Victim Services Advisory Board and Chair of the Community Development Block Grant Board.