I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico before attending Stanford University, where I studied international security, the Middle East, and Arabic.
As an undergraduate, I completed a senior honors thesis entitled "Lobbyists, Public Relations and Malign Activities: The JCPOA as a Case Study of Foreign Influence" which investigated and analyzed the impact of influence campaigns surrounding the Iran nuclear deal waged by Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Iran based on 40 interviews with current and former government officials, regional experts, and policy advocates. I also contributed research to a book chapter by Francis Fukuyama and Andrew Grotto on media regulation in Europe.
As a reporter, I've covered the money behind local and federal elections, exposed the connections between dark money groups and New Mexico's energy industry, and told the story of how Black-led organizations are building political power in a state where Black communities are often left out of the narrative. Across all of my work, I've sought to hold power to account, provide readers with a better understanding of public policy and how power works, and tell stories that point the way towards political reform.
Resume available upon request.