I've lived many lives and bring wisdom from all over the world. Traveling and immersing in a vast array of cultures has armed me with a world of experience to share and a lot of stories to tell--and I've earned the right to tell them through blood, sweat and tears. My hope is to amplify the voices of those underrepresented in this noisy, saturated world. Diversity is not just a tagline.
Born in San Diego, California, but raised in the Philippines, I already bring with me a unique sense of identity and a different worldview. At 17, I enlisted in the United States Army and by 2004, I was on the ground in Mosul, Iraq, serving this great Nation we call home. In 2008, while a student of the Global Honors program at the University of Washington, Tacoma, I studied abroad at the Universidad de Cienfuegos in Cienfuegos, Cuba, where I conducted my capstone project and wrote my thesis on the Cuban Revolution.
After graduating in Washington in 2009, I spent the next 10 years working for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Portland, Oregon, most recently as the Public Affairs Officer, doing as much as I could to change the narrative that put VA at odds with the very customers it aimed to serve. I've always had a way with words and the larger arena of the creative arts. I'm now earning my Master's degree in Media Innovation from the Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno, graduating in December 2020.