Fun Fact: Has broken 12 bones.
What passions and experiences have brought you to JVC’s staff?
I am passionate about young people working in service and solidarity in pursuit of social change. I grew up within Special Olympics where I worked on youth leadership initiatives with young people with and without intellectual disabilities from across the world to build inclusive communities and campuses. Then I got the chance to help launch a non-profit called The Future Project, where we worked with young people in urban public high schools to lead transformative student-led change in their schools. Coming to JVC has allowed me to combine this passion with my own journey of exploring my Catholic faith and in particular Ignatian Spirituality – and for that I am hugely grateful.
Where did you go to college and how did the experience shape you?
I went to Yale University where I received a degree in Ethics, Politics, and Economics. Academically I was shaped by this degree which challenged me to look across disciplines and see the ways in which the world we live in is shaped by the intersections of these areas. Beyond the classroom, the experience of captaining the Yale Rugby Team and launching Spread the Word to End the Word (a campaign to end the use of the word “retard”) shaped me by instilling in me an unwavering belief in the power of a great team.
What do you like to do in your free time and why do you enjoy doing it?
More than anything I love spending time outdoors with family and friends – hiking, biking, anything that floats, and team sports.
Who is your role model and why?
My grandfather. He was a dreamer and a builder who was tireless in his devotion to his family and those closest to him, as well as those living on the margins of our world. He was deeply grounded in his faith, unwavering in his integrity to who he sought to be, and dedicated to sharing a message of love and service with the world.
What is most rewarding about your role at JVC?
The most rewarding part of my role is the chance to travel the country and meet members of our community from all walks of life – volunteers, Jesuits, campus partners, donors, agency partners, and so on. I get to hear the stories of how impactful JVC has been in so many lives and get the chance to dream about the future and ways we can continue to grow and improve.
What do you wish other people knew about JVC?
I wish people knew how incredibly dedicated and hard-working the people on our staff at JVC are – so much of their work is behind the scenes and goes unnoticed!