I helped pay my way through Emory University with a combination of financial aid and jobs that included waitressing, work study, leasing apartments, and even selling knives door-to-door. After college, I worked with a political fundraiser and then a political media consultant. I also interned as a reporter for Georgia Public Broadcasting covering the Georgia Assembly. I left politics to work as a television reporter first in Dothan, Alabama, and then back in Georgia at WMAZ in Macon. While at WMAZ, I covered Robins Air Force Base during the events of 911 and the period following, and had the honor of flying in a KC-135 refueling jet, while NATO patrolled the skies of our country.
In 2002, I married and began working with my husband to build a business that helped colleges and universities develop programs to train and retrain the workforce, and recruit for programs that help people advance or change careers. In 2018, our business was acquired and I worked as an executive in that company for 3 years until dedicating myself full-time to this campaign.