- Additional Positions at AU
- Director, Public Health Scholars
- BS, Psychology, Bennett College for Women
MPH, Health Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health
JD, Boston University School of Law
- Book Currently Reading
- Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want by Ruha Benjamin
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein
What I do is a mix of public health education, professional development, and strategy and program design in academic, community, and social impact spaces. Right now, I am embracing a hyperlocal approach to change through academia as faculty at American University where I serve as the faculty director of the Public Health Scholars. My other campus involvement supports innovative curriculum development, social justice and community-based training and scholarship, and deepening institutional commitment to supporting diverse faculty and students’ needs.
Outside of campus, I rely on my recent experiences as:
- the inaugural Chief Health Policy Officer at the Baltimore City Health Department
- part of the dopest squad of social impact consultants at Frontline Solutions
- founding board member of Detroit’s first birthing center, Birth Detroit
- past advisory board member of Public Health Awakened
“There are two questions that we have to ask ourselves. The first is 'Where am I going?' and the second is 'Who will go with me?'” — Howard ThurmanWhat drives me is my significant experience educating and advocating with hundreds of brilliant students and brave practitioners across the United States and designing advocacy strategies, facilitating stakeholder convenings, and leading innovative approaches that champion thriving communities. My advocacy practice is informed by critical race scholarship, emergent strategy and design thinking.
Outside of my time on the frontlines, my other training includes earning a Master of Public Health in Health Management and Policy from the University of Michigan and attended Boston University School of Law. However, it was my education at Bennett College, a women’s HBCU, where I found public health and myself.
Courses Taught: Introduction to Public Health, Introduction to Health Promotion, Food Justice Matters, Local to Global Health Policy, Multicultural Health, Health Communications
HLTH-110 Introduction to Public Health
HLTH-470 Politics of Public Health