IMG_20160622_194345I’m a community organizer, critical social worker, old millennial, and dad of three. I build power within communities to dismantle systemic oppression.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama, I spent most of my childhood in the small town of Alexander City before attending college at the University of Montevallo. I went on to attend the University of Alabama where I earned my Master of Social Work (MSW) degree. I have lived throughout much of Alabama as well as Seattle, Washington and Silver Spring, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Through my own struggles with poverty, I have developed a strong commitment to economic justice. I also focus heavily on issues of racial justice, LGBTQ+ equality, and civic engagement.

I currently live in Maryland where I work as the lead organizer and communications specialist annapolis-1695972_960_720at Progressive Maryland, a statewide advocacy nonprofit addressing social, economic, and racial justice issues. I have previously worked with the Center for American Progress, Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy, and numerous other national, state, and local advocacy organizations around the country promoting progressive values.

Outside of my job, I work to engage social work students and professionals in the political process and explore new ways to utilize technology in organizing and the nonprofit sector. I blog frequently about community organizing, politics, the social work profession, and social justice issues.

Featured Image: University of Montevallo campus by Larry Miller / CC BY-NC 2.0