I’m a proud third generation resident of Tennessee’s 33rd District. The 33rd district has remained the conscious of the legislature; fighting for our families and for our future. In Memphis, I graduated from Central "The" High School in 2009 finishing top of my class. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Sociology and Intercultural Studies from Saint Mary's College in May 2013. Accompanied by my resilient personality and self-motivated attitude, I decided really early on that I was committed to being a dedicated civil servant who inspires and motivates my peers to be an effective change agent for our futures and for our families.
BREAKING GLASS CEILINGS
I currently serve as the State Senator for District 33, the youngest female and African American legislator in Tennessee State Senate History. I am proud to serve as Chair of the Shelby County Delegation of State Legislators. I currently sit on the notable Judiciary and Energy Committees. I have passed numerous pieces of legislation in the State House and Senate with over 7 currently public laws.
A Thriving Career
I have advocated and advanced policies on the national, state, and local levels that supports families and healthcare. I have worked as an organizer for public education where I empowered, educated, and engaged parents and community members in failing and priority school districts to utilize their voices, be knowledgeable in educational policies, and vote on issues that impact public schools and students. I also ran several state and local campaigns that contributed to helping other goal-oriented community leaders get elected into office.
I co-founded Gen Next PAC, a political action committee, for Memphians, ages 45 and under, to develop and provide financial training, support, and additional resources for young leaders seeking to serve in leadership roles to ensure the local community works for the current and next generation. I've also served in various leadership roles where I continuously strategized, educated, uplifted, and encouraged voters and youth across the state to make changes in their communities through civic engagement programs, voting and running for offices at all levels.
I am a member of the National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women (NOBEL Women), National Caucus of State Legislators, Executive Committee Member of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and the Young Elected Officials Network.
I am a proud graduate of Emerge Tennessee 2017 Fellowship, New Leaders Council (NLC) Nashville 2015 Fellowship and was selected as National Association of Social Workers TN Chapter Public Official of the Year 2021; Emerge America, 15th Anniversary Featured Alum 2020; Young Elected Officials Network, 35 under 35 Class of 2020; Saint Mary’s College Shannon Executive Scholar Fall 2019; Young Democrats of America 2019 Member of the Year; Unbought and Transformational Shotcaller, The Black Millennials Convention 2019; The New Tri-State Defender Legend and Leader Award Recipient 2017; Memphis Top 40 under 40, Recipient 2017; and Memphis Flyer Top 20 under 30 Class of 2015