I was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina where I lived until heading off to college. While in college, I interned with the Office of Public Diplomacy & Affairs for the Bureau on Western Hemisphere Affairs at the U.S. State Department. During my internship, I was fortunate enough to help plan and execute the 2007 White House Conference on the Americas, a joint venture by the State Department and the White House. I graduated in 2008 from Washington & Lee University with a B.A. in both Politics and Spanish. I played varsity tennis throughout college and continue to try to play when possible. After graduation, I worked for the International Road Federation handling logistics planning for all of our regional conferences as well as membership development and strategic planning for Latin America.