I am excited to call myself a member of the ACLU of Virginia’s team. My career in accounting, human resources and technology has taken me across this country and has allowed me to grow professionally, meet great people and experience differences in cultures and community engagement.

My plan has always been to work full time for a mission-based organization after retiring as a consultant. However, one day, I came to the realization that I could not wait for retirement to fulfill that goal. I was no longer fulfilled by a mission of chasing revenue but longed to integrate my pursuit of giving back to the community and social change with my employment. As I started my transition, I searched for a mission-based organization that exhibited my core values and truly impacted lives. The ACLU of Virginia epitomized that goal.

I have always stood up for what is right regardless of who the person on the other side happened to be. I embrace people for who they are with no thought of color, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political affiliation or ethnicity. When I saw the finance and HR manager’s position posted for the ACLU-VA, I knew this was the job for me. I bring more than 20 years of managerial accounting, personnel management, workforce development, and technology consulting experience to the ACLU, as well as a bachelor’s degree in information systems and a master’s in accounting and information systems. I continue to serve as an adjunct professor for accounting and technology classes at two Richmond-area colleges.

The topic of conversations with my son became, “This has to stop. What can we do?”  My answer: We can join the fight.

The mission of the ACLU embodies my core.

I have watched minority communities subjected to discrimination, police harassment and brutality, unjust criminal justice systems, targeted attacks and lack of equal opportunities. As a person of color, I have experienced some of this firsthand. As a parent, I’ve felt compelled to have conversations with my son about the importance of safety protocols when approached by the police for no other reason than the color of his skin. Watching incident after incident of police brutality on people of color during non-violent situations ignited fear in me as a parent that other ethnicities are not forced to have. The topic of conversations with my son became, “This has to stop. What can we do?”  My answer: We can join the fight.

My strategic goals with the ACLU-VA include strengthening the internal infrastructure and providing innovative systems that will enable the team to have integrated systems that will cultivate collaboration, improve productivity and allow the organization to maximize its resources as we continue our much-needed fight. My personal goals are to engage in the outreach, advocacy, and protest of civil rights violations. I am honored to be part of the ACLU-VA team and part of the solution.