After graduating from Vanderbilt University in 2016 with a degree in Economics & History, I found myself at a small venture capital firm, Jumpstart Foundry, that invested in early-stage health care companies across the nation. While I learned a lot, I still felt something was missing in my job. While looking into graduate programs, I came across the Masters of Education in Community Development and Action, and something clicked. I’ve always been curious about how and why there are such vast disparities around the world, and in our nation, and felt that through this course of study I may get a better understand of the why, and also some insight into what to do about it.
In the summer before starting at Peabody, I found myself working on a social enterprise project for a small non-profit. I learned a lot a long the way, but also realized just how much there was to learn about this intersection of business and social justice. Once hearing about the TFC, I thought this could be a great way to learn more about how business can alleviate some of the most pressing issues of today. I jumped on the first volunteer opportunity I saw – leading entrepreneurship classes for adults at Project Return – and have been involved ever since. I’m so excited to jump into the role of Partnerships chair and to be able to expand my work with this organization.