I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I attended the University of New Mexico as an undergraduate. In 2011, I graduated with a BA in political science and communication (double major). Two years later, in 2013, I completed a second BA in philosophy with a minor in art history. In 2015, I obtained a M.A. in political science from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Prior to graduate school, I worked in public policy and governmental affairs at Presbyterial Healthcare. During my time at UNM, I worked with a group of faculty and graduate students on an ongoing needs assessment of people living with HIV/AIDS in New Mexico.