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Sep. 2, 2020


In 2013, she completed her Graduate Certificate in Public Administration from UNLV, and she established the City of Las Vegas Economic & Urban Development (EUD) Department’s Small Business Outreach program in 2014. In 2015, she was recognized as one of three Provisionals of the Year for the Junior League of Las Vegas (JLLV), the local chapter of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. She also chaired the JLLV Done in a Day Committee from 2018-2019, where she led a committee of five volunteers in organizing 32 shifts and providing 1,197 service hours to new and existing community partners.  In 2018, she also graduated with her Masters of Arts in Urban Leadership from UNLV’s School of Public Policy and Leadership as a member of the inaugural cohort.  


She is currently working as a corporate paralegal for a self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (IRA) trust company, and she also sits on the Board of Trustees for the League of Women Voters of Southern Nevada, where she co-chairs the Voter Re-enfranchisement Committee.  


Reflecting on on how she drew on the skills she gained from her undergraduate degree after graduation, she explained:


“Since graduating in 2012 with my BA, I’ve changed jobs four times: two times with the City of Las Vegas as a Strategic Manager in EUD and then administrative secretary to the court administrator in the Las Vegas Municipal Court and then twice in the private sector, first as a sr. administrative specialist at an engineering consulting firm and now as a corporate paralegal.


“In both my professional and non-profit work, I find myself relying on the research and presentation skills I learned and developed as an interdisciplinary studies major. My ability to find reliable sources of information, cite those sources, and then apply that information to a particular business problem or legal question is my professional superpower.  My interdisciplinary studies taught me to make connections between ideas and disciplines and gave me the ability to develop and implement creative ideas.  This unique skill set is one of the reasons I was able to find a new position relatively quickly when I was laid off during the Covid-19 pandemic.”