I am a business owner, professional Board member, and logistics executive with over eighteen years of experience.
Immediately following my graduation from W&L in 2001, I entered the MBA program at the Harvard Business School as one of only three students from around the world selected to attend the MBA program directly out of college.
With two decades of strategic planning and turnaround management experience in both the media and logistics industries, I am extremely comfortable with the kind of work required to transform organizations by leveraging their strengths and history while simultaneously implementing straightforward programs to address systemic challenges. I believe those skill sets could be very useful to the Board of Trustees as W&L works to leverage the university’s rich history with a modern vision for the future that will ensure we can attract top talent from every community around the world.
I know that is achievable for W&L because I have seen and worked on similar transformations. I worked with my family to purchase a struggling business with 120 employees and $28 million in revenue in 2008; today we employ more than 2400 people with revenues on track to reach more than $750 million. Part of that growth was acquiring a 90+ year old company and helping to modernize its mission, technology and plan for growth—all while recruiting and retaining top talent.
I have served as a governance chair and on multiple Boards including nonprofits, private businesses, and startups, as well as a company with publicly traded securities. I’m 2018 I had the honor of being the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor of Georgia, running alongside Stacey Abrams. During the campaign I was proud to travel through more than 150 Georgia counties, meeting with Georgians from all walks of life.
I am a Founding Member of The Leadership Now Project, a member of the Young Presidents Organization, Georgia State Chair for Vote Mama, and founder of the Our American Dreams PAC, which helped elect twenty women to state and local office in Georgia’s 2020 elections. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, writing, film, being outdoors with my kids, cooking, and all things Disney. I am a United Methodist, speak Italian and, thanks to W&L, French (albeit increasingly rusty French!).
Finally, I’m married to an immigrant and naturalized American born in Italy. We live in Marietta, GA, with our two daughters, two cats and hilariously zoomy dog.
The voice I can bring to the board
I believe I could bring strategic planning and Governance expertise, as well as experience in building on a treasured institution’s legacy to pivot to 21st century strategies. In addition, I may be helpful in navigating political spaces and dialogues. I am grateful to have more than 12 years of media training, and believe my experience as a frequent guest on cable news, local television, Sirius XM, national podcasts, and other media outlets, could prove useful to the Board of Trustees as we articulate the University’s vision for an inclusive and equitable future.
My service to the University community
I’ve been a speaker at a W&L Women’s event, returned to campus to be a guest speaker in classes in the Politics Department, and worked with the University to identify scholarship needs for current and future students.
Other community service
I’ve been a volunteer for nearly three decades in shelters and charities working to end hunger and decrease food insecurity. That includes years working overnights in a shelter for unhoused New Yorkers, volunteering with my children at a local food pantry, and organizing hurricane relief donation drives.
I’ve also been involved in advocacy work, served on a nonprofit board for a large no-kill animal shelter and provided pro bono consulting work to a large food bank in Los Angeles. On civic engagement, I’ve hosted multiple get out the vote (GOTV) events, voter registration drives, and racial and economic justice forums, and participated in numerous women’s leadership events. I’ve been a frequent speaker on various media platforms on these issues.
At work, I created our company’s annual volunteer day, pushed to open a free onsite daycare, and worked to fully fund health insurance premiums for our Jack Cooper Transport employees—and for their families. I am currently working to transition our company’s more than 1400 Class 8 trucks to zero-emission vehicles and to lead our business to become one of America’s first carbon-neutral trucking companies.
Relevant personal and professional experience
Over the last several months, I’ve conducted more than 400 interviews with Americans across 40 states discussing the definition—and state of—the American Dream. The stories we’ve collected (so far!) provide a treasure trove of information on bridging the gaps in a deeply divided America: from immigration, to small business ownership and entrepreneurship, to community organizing and social justice.
These interviews tell our collective story, of who we are, how we can start to talk and hear one another again—and why that matters. They remind us of how important it is that the American Dream be real and within reach for everyone in our nation. Our initial archive launches in October at OurAmericanDreams.org.
I was a candidate for US Senate and Lt. Governor in Georgia, and I’m also very proud to be the Executive Chairperson of a WBENC-certified, Women-Owned Business Enterprise