I am a rural Kentucky native and have worked in affordable housing through my 30-year career. I began as a HUD Intern who agreed to give back service in exchange for my Western Kentucky University MPA. In 2010, I launched Next Step, a nonprofit that mobilizes a network of nonprofit and industry partners to provide energy-efficient affordable housing solutions in their communities. Before Next Step, I served as CEO of Frontier Housing, an Appalachian housing nonprofit. I am a graduate of Harvard’s Achieving Excellence in Community Development Program and was elected as an Ashoka Fellow in 2012.