I am a 2008 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where I obtained my B.A. degree in History. After graduating, I moved to Houston, TX as a corps member with the educational non-profit organization Teach For America.
While teaching in the Houston Independent School District at Sharpstown Middle School, I taught 8th grade English Language Arts and Writing, as well as coached and tutored students after school. Years later, I swapped out the classroom for the courtroom and in 2013, I graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University (LSU).
While at LSU, I found a way to combine my love for teaching, my interest in law, and my heart for adolescent youth by helping to create the “Street Law” program. The program was aimed at educating young students about real life legal situations likely to face them.
I had always wanted to return to Houston and after graduating from LSU Law, I was offered a position as an Assistant District Attorney with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office. I am still with the District Attorney’s Office, currently serving in the position of Chief Prosecutor for the 180th District Court. In this role, I supervise other prosecutors and handle my own case load, which primarily consists of murders and capital murders.
When I am not preparing for trial, I like to be active and present in my community. Still a teacher at heart, I teach a course at the Houston Police Department on Racial Profiling. On Sundays, as a member of West End Church, I serve as an usher/greeter. Additionally, I serve as a mentor and Big Brother with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Houston.
I am a public servant with a demonstrated history of serving the public-inside and outside of the courtroom.
In 2021, community presence can no longer be a simply desired trait or quality that we hope for in our elected officials.
Instead, it must be a steadfast requirement, a non-negotiable value that we demand from the highest level of government to our local elected officials here in Harris County, Texas. An elected official who cannot relate to the very constituents who elected the official cannot truly call themselves a public servant.
I have taught in our local public schools. I serve in a neighborhood church. I mentor children and the future leaders of our county.
This is how I use my love of public service to be present in our community and to gain community perspective. And now, we the people of Harris County, Texas, have the opportunity to ensure our perspective will be represented in Harris County Criminal Court at Law #14 by casting a vote for me.