My primary responsibility is to direct and coordinate all external collaborations, community affairs, public relations and development activities.
Born and raised in St. Louis, I attended Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn., where I received my BA in English Literature. After graduation I returned to St. Louis to accept a position at a small public relations and political consulting firm where I worked with clients in the public and private sectors. In 2009 I was appointed as Press Secretary to the Mayor for the City of St. Louis. I served in the Slay administration for three years, coordinating messaging and acting as a spokesperson and a primary media point of contact for the City of St. Louis. I then joined Graybar, a Fortune 500 wholesale distributor of electrical, communications and data networking products, where I handled the company’s public relations for five years before joining the Department of Population Science and Policy in early 2018.