I was born and raised in the heart of North Omaha and am a proud graduate of Omaha North High Magnet School – Go Vikings! I attended Jackson State University, a historically black college and university, on a volleyball scholarship, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Communications then attending University of Texas at Arlington for my Master’s program in Urban Social Planning. Since returning to Omaha after living in places like Spain, Texas and Mississippi, I knew there were disparities in the city that I loved, and I wanted to create positive impact in the space I called home.
Prior to joining the Foundation, I was the Director of Talent at a local Omaha nonprofit and have spent the last decade of my professional career working in spaces from workforce development, organizational development to college access. I have a passion for helping my community and challenging injustice. My unique personal experiences coupled with my academic and professional knowledge gives me an innovative and progressive approach to equity, diversity, and inclusion. I began my career working for a charter in the Dallas, Texas that was located in an area deemed the most distressed zip code of the city. This was one of the many experiences that opened my worldview to systemic inequities, access and power.
The most important thing you should know about is that I am a mother of a handsome three-year-old Naasir, and guardian to my sister Yaasmyn.