MPP ’17 | Public Policy
After attending college in Gainesville, FL, I had an Eat, Pray, Love moment and moved to Napa Valley, CA where I attended the Culinary Institute of America and became a certified wine professional. This move paved the way a career in development and philanthropy, eventually landing me in Orange County, CA, where I had the opportunity to consult for some of the largest philanthropic funds and nonprofit organizations in the area. I believe strongly in the power of development and opportunity as a pathway out of poverty and enjoy connecting those in need with those with means. I founded a non-profit to empower high-risk teens and disadvantaged adults that I am in the process of redeveloping into a social enterprise.
The Turner Family Center embodies the philosophy that I have built my career around: market-based solutions are the most meaningful and sustainable pathways out of poverty. Using inquiry to identify and develop what is right with a community rather than what is wrong is my favorite way to solve problems. With deep roots in the Nashville area, I am excited to help develop the center to make Vanderbilt a nationally recognized hub for social ventures.