I was born and raised in Tucson, AZ, and I love the Sonoran Desert. I always joke about returning there to die—that landscape is magical. But, seeking the opposite of that environment, I decided to attend Carleton College in rural Minnesota, where I majored in Studio Art.
After graduating, I found an internship at Highpoint, an amazing printmaking studio in the Twin Cities. It was my first introduction to the non-profit world, and the incredibly kind, understanding, and dedicated people in it.
So when the insanely frigid winters led me to move to Brooklyn, I found a job coordinating classes at 3rd Ward, a co-working/incubator space with a wide variety of educational programming for adults (jewelry making, welding, upholstery, inflatable sculpture, Arduino programming, etc.). I loved it, but unfortunately they ended up closing their doors.
I'd been attending the Wassaic Project's summer festival ever since moving to Brooklyn, had volunteered at a benefit, and had come up to visit a friend once or twice. I loved what the Wassaic Project was doing, so—after a year in the tech world, a long desert road trip, and some odd jobs in Brooklyn—I checked online, saw the post for my position, and applied. I was thrilled to be offered the role.
Now, I’m living with my boyfriend in an old farmhouse in Dover Plains — when I’m not at the mill, you’ll find me redesigning its interior, restoring antique furniture. I'm looking forward to continuing to get to know this community (permanent, semi-permanent, and transient) and helping to grow the Wassaic Project.