I am a PhD candidate at Cleveland State University, a reporter for Cleveland Scene Magazine, and a freelance writer.
Prior to pursuing an academic career, I worked as a local government practitioner. I’m still very passionate about local government work and remain a member of several urban and public administration associations. Sometimes I write about local government as well!
In 2017, ran for a local city council seat, while parenting two small children. It was a fantastic experience and I recommend that everyone challenge themselves and run for something! You can hear more about my experience on this episode of the GovLove podcast.
At Scene, our local alternative weekly, I cover suburban and metro policy and politics. I’ve written about transit and spatial mismatch, tax incentives, progressive activism, political party politics and a feature piece on Black Women in Cleveland. In June 2019, I won a grant to cover issues related to environmental justice and spatial inequality in the Northeast Ohio region.
I grew up in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. Since then, I’ve lived in Jerusalem, New York City and now an inner-ring suburb of Cleveland, OH. I am fortunate to live close to my community in Pittsburgh and visit often. Following a horrible attack in October 2018, I wrote about my community and the ways that spatial form impact social processes in my hometown neighborhood.