My advocacy background stems from my earliest political involvement as an activist working to increase the number of beds in homeless shelters in Washington, DC in 2001. After that, I got involved in anti-war activities. As someone who has experienced poverty, homelessness and incarceration, I’ve maintained an interest in protecting the most vulnerable and forgotten among us. After going through the difficulty of the restoration of rights process in 2008, I joined others in Virginia who were fighting the two-pronged battle for both an executive order from the Governor restoring rights, and a constitutional amendment to do the same.
These days, while I am mainly on the political side of things, I still get involved whenever I can with issues and policy in the areas that drive my passion.