I was born in Philadephia, Pennsylvania, but I got to Texas as soon as I could! Originally, I grew up in
Seabrook, Texas. While living there, I attended Bay Elementary School, enjoyed the Kemah Boardwalk, and grew up
eating Tookies Hamburgers. Seabrook gave me an excellent start, from providing a wonderful place to grow, to
identifying me as "gifted and talented" and selecting me for the WAVE Program. It would not have been easy to get here without their
The summer before beginning high school at Clear Lake, my family moved to Brookwood (Middlebrook and
Bay Area Blvd, in south east Houston). During high school, I began to understand politics. Both of my parents
taught me progressive values, such as the rule of law and due process, equality among all people, the appropriate place for religion in
society, and our constant obligation to help those less fortunate then ourselves. But the suburban high school was not always
the best place to express these opinions. As times grew more complicated, my world views would inevitably clash with others'. In one of my classes
I remember disagreeing with a teacher on the value of the United Nations in the world, and during another class, I pointed out
that the Iraq War had not produced weapons of mass destruction despite her thoughts to the contrary. At the same time, there
were other Democrats-fewer in number, but greater in steadfastness.
I graduated high school in 2006 and entered the University of Texas at Austin. At the age of 17, I began an internship with
Congressman Lloyd Doggett's campaign. I learned about grassroots campaigning (phone banking, block walking, and volunteer coordination).
The next semester, while working in Congressman Doggett's District Office, I learned how Congressmen keep in touch with their constituents.
But more importantly, I saw the hard work government officials and their staff do, to make sure their constituents get the help government
promises them. This commitment to the people,though not the glamor of Washington, solidified my belief that government may not always be
the solution, but it is definitively not the problem.
After my internship in Washington, I was hired to be the Campaign Finance Adminsitrator for Congressman Doggett's campaign.
Most students usually see the volunteer side of a campaign, but with this position, I was given the opportunity to learn about the
additional administrative and legal skills needed to run a campaign including filing Federal Election Commission and Texas Ethics Commission reports.
On March 29th, I attended the Harris County Senate District Convention. There I he seated and coordinated my delegation from Precinct 174. The Obama Delegation then elected me to be their representative to the State Convention.
Meeting Howard Dean At One of His 50 State Strategy Speeches in Austin