I grew up in a rural part of the Ozark Mountains. I’m great at construction and swinging a pick. Between college and grad school I lived in Baltimore for five years. When I left for grad school, I was a tenured researcher in a genetics lab and had a seat on the board of a community development corporation. I came to ERG in attempts to merge my interests of research with implementing projects that address big social or environmental problems, with particular emphasis on poverty and power imbalances.