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WHAT IS YOUR STORY? HOW DID YOU END UP IN MILWAUKEE?

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but as a young child my family moved around quite a bit. We found ourselves leaving the cities when I was 12 years old and moving across the world to Egypt. While in Egypt I had the opportunity to travel a lot, volunteer in different countries and attend an international school where I was privileged to learn about many different cultures and backgrounds. I eventually moved to Madison, Wisconsin to attend college and loved it so much that I decided to stay there for law school. While in law school I interned with a law firm here in Milwaukee and fell in love with the city. After graduating from law school, it was an easy decision for me to decide to move to Milwaukee and start my life here. Now, I work at Godfrey & Kahn as a Real Estate Attorney where I help our clients with various loan deals, commercial leases and construction mortgages. 

WHAT KEEPS YOU IN MILWAUKEE/WHAT DO YOU LIKE BEST ABOUT MILWAUKEE?

I have a lot of friends in Milwaukee, so I always have someone to try out new restaurants with, check out different bars or go to a Bucks game with. My favorite thing about Milwaukee is how dog friendly the city is. I have a dog and I am always fostering dogs, so being able to take my dogs with me to a lot places is so convenient and fun!

FAVORITE SPOT IN THE CITY?

The biking/walking trail along the river. It’s a great place to take my dog for a long walk!

MILWAUKEE FESTIVAL YOU ARE EAGER TO ATTEND EACH YEAR?

Obviously Summerfest! This will be my first year actually living in Milwaukee during the festival, and I cannot wait.     

WHAT STRUGGLES DO YOU SEE OUR CITY DEALING WITH? WHAT CAN OUR GENERATION DO TO HELP?

There is an eviction crisis in the city of Milwaukee. Many renters use half or more of their income to pay for rent, and often times they fall behind on rent payments or are evicted for a host of other issues, often times beyond their control. Once you have an eviction on your record, it is very hard to find suitable housing in the future. It is so important, especially for young children, to live in safe housing because it has been proven that those who do perform better in school and have better educational outcomes in the future. It is important for my generation to realize these disparities and use their privilege to make a change. For attorneys, that means involving yourself with organizations that provide free legal services to tenants in Wisconsin to help protect them from the injustices in our eviction courts.