A passion for theatre dominated my high school and college years – explaining my BFA for NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Walking down that path led me to have the opportunity to act, write and tour in theatre productions for young people who had never experienced theatre. My appetite for working with young people grew daily as did my interest in the arts as an agent for social change. I returned to NYU’s Graduate School of Social Work which fueled my career-long pursuit of equitable and lasting solutions to the issues facing the most disenfranchised youth. Twenty years of leading community-based organizations serving homeless and runaway in NYC and San Francisco was always top of mind when I stepped into the world of philanthropy as Youth Program Director at the James Irvine Foundation. With that privilege came the responsibility of ensuring that every young person in California has access to an education that ignites their passions, potential and make them college, career, and future ready. Thrilled to have joined NAF where I know we will collectively continue to move the needle forward nationally.