Where are you from?
I was born in St. Louis and have lived here most of my life.
When did you join ArchCity Defenders? Why?
What is your background (work and education)?
I attended the University of Virginia, majoring in English and Art History, then moved to New York City, where I worked for five years for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as the Director of Foundation Development, raising funds for the organization’s civil rights advocacy in the federal courts and in Congress. I have raised funds and developed programming for non-profits for 26 years. Before joining ACD’s staff, I was the Executive Director of Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design (CA) for 11+ years. CA is a 55-year-old arts organization serving 50,000 people annually with art classes and national exhibitions featuring craft techniques.
What do you do at ArchCity Defenders?
My role as Director of Development at ACD is to raise funds to support the organization’s legal, community, and media advocacy programming on behalf of thousands of St. Louisans who are criminalized for their poverty and race.
What words would you use to describe ArchCity Defenders?
ArchCity Defenders is courageous, intrepid, determined, and powerful.
Favorite client memory/win you’ve had?
We have a client who has been jailed repeatedly for the crime of being homeless and for crimes he did not commit. He is a great storyteller – open-hearted and philosophical despite the injustices he has endured. We told his story to our community of supporters and they responded with outrage and generous contributions to fund ArchCity’s work.
Fun/personal fact you want to share.
I was struck by lightning when I was 22 on a lake in Illinois. Ever since, I have been fairly fearless and I am convinced that some sort of radioactivity in my system is a menace to technology. Electronic systems break down at my touch.