What is your role and primary responsibilities at the Academy?
I am the Human Resources Director, and I get to wear lots of hats. I oversee the HR function, which includes benefits, professional development, and employee engagement programs. I also direct other administrative functions, such as Payroll. My role allows me to work with a very talented group of folks who are committed to public administration and are committed to making the Academy a terrific place to work. This is my dream job!
What do you like best about working at the Academy?
I like working for an organization committed to serving the public and its employees. As the HR Director, I work with many Academy employees on numerous projects and initiatives. I witness first-hand individuals’ dedication to the goals of the Academy. My work here has allowed me focus on staff and to design HR programs that meet the needs of our exceptional and evolving workforce.
Which of the 12 Grand Challenges in Public Administration resonates the most with you?
Two grand challenges resonate with me the most and equally: protecting voter electoral integrity and enhancing voter participation and social equity. As an African American, I learned the significance of voting and voter rights at a very young age. My community emphasized the importance of and fought for voter rights and social equity. I am honored to work for an organization that is dedicated to the bringing attention to all the Grand Challenges.
Why is public service important to you?
I believe that one’s work should help others. I think this because of my work with my father’s construction company. Although our family business was for profit, I learned the importance of working for a mission. In the case of our small family business, we were focused on being good neighbors more than on the profit. For that reason, I have worked for non-profits for my entire career. From scientific research organizations to renewable energy, I have been able to contribute to organizations that were mission-driven and focused on serving the public.
What is your favorite hobby or interest outside of the office?
I love to listen to books, mostly non-fiction. I like to sew, and I have started birdwatching since the pandemic. I had no idea how many birds lived around me! I am active in my church and recently started teaching a sacrament preparation class for second graders.
What is your favorite travel destination, either past or future?
In late 2023, I plan to visit Manchester, England, to see a few soccer matches. I am excited about the trip because Manchester City is my favorite team, and I hope my favorite players are on the pitch when I visit.