From Santa Fe, New Mexico, I graduated from the United World College of the American West (UWC-USA) in 2006 as a Davis Scholar, and Duke University with a degree in Political Science and a certificate in Global Health in 2010. In 2014, I graduated cum laude from the University of New Mexico School of Law (UNM-SOL).
I am currently an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico in Albuquerque, and I prosecute crimes that occur on Tribal Land known as “Indian Country.” Since 2014 as a prosecutor at the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General and at the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I have specialized in crimes against children including physical and sexual abuse, labor trafficking, sex trafficking and internet crimes against children. In 2019, I secured the first labor trafficking conviction in New Mexico since the adoption of a human trafficking statute in 2008.
In 2018, I received the Justice Pamela B. Minzer Outstanding Advocacy for Women Award for my work prosecuting cases which protect the most vulnerable populations in our community.
While at Duke, I served as the Chair of the Baldwin Scholars for the 2009-2010 school year,was a member of the Native American Student Alliance, the Duke Global Health FOCUS program, studied abroad in Cairo, Egypt, and conducted independent research projects in Moshi, Tanzania and Cape Town, South Africa. With the support of the Baldwin Scholars program, I also co-wrote and presented an academic paper entitled "Portrayal of Female Presidential Candidates in the Media, a Case Study of Carol Moseley Braun and Hillary Clinton" at the Women as Global Leaders conference in Dubai, U.A.E. I received the William J. Griffith University Service Award in 2010.
I am a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe, and my husband and daughter are Diné (Navajo). I enjoy crossfit, yoga, gardening, cooking, playing ukulele, reading fantasy books, watching hummingbirds, and spoiling our two rescue dogs!