I chose a career in public service to serve the community that made me who I am.
I have a long-standing personal commitment to the people of Gwinnett County and specifically the City of Duluth. At age 29, I was elected to Post 2 of the Duluth City Council, becoming the first Millennial and person color to serve on the city council. While serving on council, I supported key initiatives such as improving blighted areas, transportation, maintaining an inventory of workforce housing and addressing homelessness.
While on council, I’ve supported a Multifamily Rental Inspection Program. The purpose of the program is to preserve the city’s existing stock of affordable multifamily housing and avoid deterioration and blight throughout the city. Shortly after being sworn into office, I was appointed to the steering committee tasked with updating the City of Duluth’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan. This plan determines the city’s goals and aspirations in terms of community development.
Before being elected, I was appointed to the Duluth Urban Redevelopment Authority. In 2013, I worked diligently with city staff to revisit Duluth’s economic development incentives and voted to create an Opportunity Zone district, which extends outward from Buford Highway and Pleasant Hill. Companies that located in this zone and created at least two jobs receive a $3,500 Georgia income tax credit per job.
During the summer of 2018, I volunteered as a mentor with the STRAP (Seeking the Right Amendable Path) Program, which is an alternative for the court systems troubled youth. I learned a lot while working with this organization and what I concluded was our emphasis has to be on investing in our young people. Not just in sports or academics, but in all aspects of their lives, and provide them with opportunities to be engaged in the ongoing growth of our community.
Immediately after graduating from Georgia State University, I began working for Jacobs Engineering Group as an Urban Planning Technician. This position required me to analyze facts involved in the land-use decision-making process. In 2017, I began working for the Georgia Department of Transportation as a Transportation Planner. The professional experience I gained while working for the Department of Transportation helped me understand statewide transportation issues and concerns. Currently, I work in environmental project management as an Environmental Scheduler where I review and monitor project schedules for the Office of Environmental Services.
If we’re going to change Gwinnett — if we’re going to have world-class governance, and be a regional leader — then we must have a government that works for everyone and services all of Gwinnett’s diverse communities. We are at a critical time in Gwinnett’s history. We are seeing changes in demographics and leadership. We have tremendous opportunities ahead of us, we also have tremendous obstacles still to overcome.