I graduated with a B.A. in International Relations in 1999. During my years at GVSU, I was a congressional intern and became interested in working on political campaigns. After graduation, I moved to Washington, DC and for the next nine years I worked on Capitol Hill. I worked for four members of congress, including as Labor and Trade Policy Advisor to the former House Democratic Whip, David Bonior (D-MI) and as Legislative Director for Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI). Later I became Energy and Climate Change Policy Advisor to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. I was responsible for formulating and moving the energy and climate change legislative agenda in the U.S. House of Representatives, including the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the last major clean energy legislation enacted by Congress. Between 1996 and 2012, I also managed a statewide clean energy ballot referendum and worked on various congressional and gubernatorial campaigns in Michigan, Ohio and Iowa. In 2009, I moved to San Francisco and became the Senior Campaign Strategist for the Energy Foundation, the largest non-profit in the U.S. working to combat climate change and expand clean energy markets in the U.S. and China.