I was born in Worland Wyoming, spending half of my youth there, and most of the other half in southeastern New Mexico (Carlsbad and Roswell). I graduated from high school in Elko, Nevada and went to the University of New Mexico where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Latin American Studies and Spanish and a Master’s Degree with major concentrations in International Business and Brazilian Culture and Literature. I spent time living in Mexico and Brazil and travelling extensively throughout Latin America during my college years, learning to speak Spanish and Portuguese.
Professionally I spent nearly a decade in broadcast journalism as an editor, producer, executive producer and reporter for NBC, Telemundo and Univision. I also worked as communications coordinator for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign in Washington, DC for a time. I moved to El Paso in June of 2010 to take a job as a reporter for Noticias 26 Univision, but my first experience working in public service came when I was hired by former State Senator Jose Rodriguez in 2011. I spent nearly four years working on issues such as healthcare, veterans, economic development, government organization, labor, transportation and more in his office as I also served as a Bilingual Media Relations Specialist and Binational Affairs Liaison. I think my work covering local and state government as a journalist and my experience in the Senator’s office greatly prepared me for my work as the County Commissioner for Precinct 2.