I was born and raised in Southern California (Arcadia to be exact) where the sun is always shining and rain is an urban myth. Today, I study public policy at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs, aspiring towards a future career in public service.
I am the Executive Director of Ban the Box NJ, a grassroots statewide advocacy campaign to mobilize public and political support for the NJ Opportunity to Compete Act. This campaign is working directly with the legislative sponsors and the NJ Institute of Social Justice. Through a targeted field campaign and community outreach, we will show New Jersey voters that this bill is vital for stimulating the economy, improving public safety, and reducing government spending.
Outside of school, I am also currently an assistant coach for a nationally-ranked high school speech and debate team of 160 students. For the upcoming summer, I will be working as an intern at the US State Department in Washington, DC. For the summer of 2012, I worked as an intern at the New York County District Attorney's Office in Manhattan under the Oscar S. Strauss II Fellowship awarded by the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Foundation.
On Princeton's campus, I serve as a captain of Princeton's mock trial
team, coordinate civic engagement trips
for fellow students, and tutor inmates
at a local New Jersey correctional facility. I am also a research assistant at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.
Regardless of the project or passion, I strive to bring constant enthusiasm and curiosity on my journey to make a lasting impact on this world. I hope to one day look back fondly on my life with no regrets whatsoever, and smile knowing very well that I helped shape a more perfect world.