Being a native of Atlanta, I’ve not only seen but have experienced how gentrification in all facets, can have both positive and negative effects on everyday working adults. For that reason, I sought out a career where I can continuously serve my community through the lens of workforce development. I began my journey in both public and private schools where I enjoyed the opportunity to craft the young minds of students as an Elementary School Educator and later transitioned into a role as the school’s Parent Liaison. It was in my final role as the PL that my spark for adult education was lit and the arena of workforce development became my goal. Through research, mentorship, and volunteerism I was able to start my career in the nonprofit field. I now bring an empathetic approach to training and guiding learners previously as a Workforce Development Instructor, Recruiter, and Career Coach, and now a Job Success Specialist.