Prior to pursuing a career in architecture, she earned a Master in Arts degree from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago with a concentration in Community Planning, Organizing, and Development. While in Chicago, she worked to facilitate community engagement in diverse and underserved communities and helped individuals, families and stakeholder groups communicate with city and county authorities to ensure their voices were heard.
She received a Master in Architecture degree from the College of Design at the University of Minnesota and is a Project Architect at Pope Architects. She has over 10 years of architectural experience including new construction, renovations, adaptive reuse and studies for transportation and educational facilities. A natural advocate, she has promoted initiatives for greater equity, diversity, and inclusion at each firm where she has practiced. She is also a founding board member of the modern architecture preservation organization Docomomo US/MN.