I am excited to work as a Program Manager for RDI’s Business Retention & Expansion and Rural Economic Vitality programming. I completed my bachelor's degree at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and received my Master of Public Policy from Oregon State University in 2016. I have worked with communities across the Midwest and Northwest on projects ranging across such diverse topics as broadband access, housing affordability, local food systems, business development, and downtown revitalization. From this experience I have learned the importance of leadership and organizational capacity in developing and implementing sustainable community programming. When not working on community development issues, I enjoy hiking, biking, and running through Oregon’s beautiful forests.