I'm an author and mom-activist in St. Louis, MO who moved from caring for toddlers and feeling helpless about the world’s problems to appearing in the New York Times and speaking at the World Bank. I began advocating for child survival issues when my daughters were babies. An automotive engineer with no background in community organizing or politics, I learned how to advocate effectively by volunteering with anti-poverty groups. Because I discovered that many advocacy organizations are not structured to encourage or support primary caregivers of young children, I invented my own “best practices” to fit into my family life, relying on my strengths as a mother.
I served as a board member of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund for four years and led volunteer groups for RESULTS in Chicago and St Louis for over ten years. I'm currently a volunteer with RESULTS, the ONE campaign, Bread for the World, CARE, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign. I visit congressional offices with other activists, train volunteers, write blogs, generate social media posts, and organize action meetings.
I speak on podcasts and at local institutions such as St. Louis University, Webster University, John Burroughs School (middle and high school students), Congregation B’nai Amoona, and Parkway United Church of Christ. I remotely join national volunteer webinars as a speaker for RESULTS and Civic Courage.