Public Information Officer and Economic Development Specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration.
I hold a bachelors degree in Organizational and Strategic Communication from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Additionally, I have gained education from Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, as well as other schools online during my time in the US Air Force. Additionally, I am trained military public affairs officer and communicator through the Department of Defense's Defense Information School.
I have been a micro donor to a multitude of political candidate and issues campaigns since November 10, 2015 both in Colorado and nationwide. It would be challenging to list them all as I do not keep a listing of these.
I have served on the Pikes Peak Area Council of Government's Citizen Advisory Committee.
In several lines of work I have been involved with, including a public affairs officer for the Air Force Reserve's 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, a regional communications manager for the International Trade Administration's Denver office, as well as an economic development specialist with the US Small Business Administration, I have been presented opportunities over the years to organize and promote causes to benefit our state. During my time with the 302nd Airlift Wing, it was crucial to organization Pikes Peak-area public information officers for the causes of crisis communication. Through the Crisis Communication Network there, founded after the 2008 shooting at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, our continued work with one another served us well in joint crisis response with the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires. This organization was instrumental in beating down rumor mill information, as well as getting across clear and concise information to affected communities. Additionally, in my roll at the ITA, I worked with the state's international trade and exporting ecosystem to deliver meaningful solutions to Colorado small businesses interested in exporting or expanding their current international sales. Working with the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, World Trade Center Denver, numerous Colorado-based consulates, as well as trade organizations, we aimed to expand information and knowledge sharing on various programs beneficial to exporting, including the "STEP" grant that was immensely helpful to getting small businesses with limited financial support into international markets. Lastly, through my efforts at the Small Business Administration, especially during COVID, my advocacy for small business capital access support and mentorship programs was extensive. Through physical and virtual meetings with numerous chambers of commerce as well as economic development organizations/corporations, we worked to organize small businesses to be ready to request Paycheck Protection Program support through community lenders and traditional bankers. Additionally, existing SBA or state-level programs were exhaustively highlighted throughout the state, bringing much-needed information on programs and materials to small businesses as possible.
Im originally from Florida, but I feel in love with Colorado in 2007 when I was stationed here with the US Air Force. I loved it so much, I remained after my active duty service commitment. I believe it is citizens who must balance out the partisan nature of redistricting, which is why I was excited to see Amendments X and Y pass to create this commission, and this opportunity. Having more civic engagement with our citizens at the lowest of levels possible makes for a more foundational democratic system.
I have always been a facts-based person. Information from the US Census Bureau is generally used to determine reapportionment in a state, and based on Colorado's population increase, we will undoubtedly receive an 8th congressional seat. To build consensus, citizens must rely on data to best determine outcomes of which have already been captured. But as human interactions go, understanding and compassion will be crucial elements for all as neighborhoods, communities, counties, and municipalities will all undoubtedly showcase passionate defenses with their own interests. If we can come together back to the foundations of why this commission has been formed in the first place, that should prove sufficient in providing all an important baseline to form believes from.
Consistently, I review data and information produced from federal and state governments, as well as trade organizations and banks, on determining proper courses of action when it comes to small business aid and support. Whether it's unemployment data, delinquency and default rates in the commercial lending markets, or percentages of businesses that determine trends in industry growths or contractions, the use of data, and the abilities to breakdown data into communication products, is crucial for educational purposes to targeted stakeholders.