I grew up in the Woodland Heights neighborhood of Des Moines. I attended college at Truman State University and came back home to attend Drake Law School. While at Drake, I served as a constituent caseworker in the office of Governor Tom Vilsack. I also worked as a legislative advocate for the Middleton Center for Children's Rights. While there, I authored a bill to allow 16 and 17 year olds to legally emancipate from parents who abandoned them. Although it had failed for several years, I oversaw its unanimous passage by both houses of the Iowa legislature. That year, the American Bar Association named me the national student president of the year for my work as student president of Drake Law School.
After graduating from Drake, I served as the federal funding coordinator for the Iowa Office of Energy Independence. In that role, I secured more than $53 million in federal funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects statewide. I also helped author Iowa's Energy Independence Plan for 2008. I went on to work on the transition of the HOME program to the Iowa Finance Authority and now work as a private attorney.
I was elected to the Beaverdale Neighborhood Association Board of Directors in 2012 and volunteer for various charities including the Animal Rescue League, Jolly Holiday Lights, the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the Special Olympics of Iowa. I have previously served on the Drake Law School Board of Counselors and remain active in the Drake community. In my spare time I enjoy gardening, restoring my home and World War II history.