I am a sociologist, law student, and education equity advocate. I am a proud graduate of Pasadena High School (1999). I hold a BA in Science, Technology, and Society from Pomona College (2003) and a PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley (2012). I am currently enrolled in the JD program at UCLA Law School with a specialization in Critical Race Studies (Expected 2018).

My academic scholarship reveals the structural factors that reproduce race and class inequality by focusing on the experiences of workers in youth-serving institutions, especially K-12 public schools. This research agenda is motivated by my commitment to education equity. Though 60 years have passed since the decision in Brown v. Board of Education, access to higher education pathways remains divided by race and class as well as by disability and language status. The central purpose of my professional and personal activities is to expand this access and enable the success of diverse students.

I currently serve on the Board of Directors at College Access Plan, a nonprofit organization based in Pasadena, CA. I am a joint extern with UCLA’s Civil Rights Project and the California ACLU, and I serve on the board of the Education and Law Society at UCLA Law. I am a member of the Bishop’s Committee at Church of the Epiphany in Lincoln Heights. I have held legal internships in Education Equity at the ACLU of Southern California and in policy advocacy at Stanford Law’s Justice Advocacy Project.