Kentucky State House, District 31
Josie is a 32-year-old mother who grew up on free lunch, went to an Ivy League school, and is on a mission to end poverty in the United States. She grew up in District 31 in a family that struggled and got a lot of support from family-friendly policies (Medicaid, PELL grants). She went away to school earning a bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Columbia University in New York City, moved around the country, met all kinds of people, and started doing anti-poverty work, first as a journalist writing about U.S. poverty and homelessness, then as a Title I middle school teacher, then a nonprofit manager at a college access organization.
Josie is a nonprofit manager and designed programs that pushed hundreds of students of color to record GPA and ACT growth before becoming the first in their families to go to college. As a small business coach in Louisville she helped dozens of entrepreneurs, many of them women and immigrants, access the microloans they needed to pursue their dreams. In each role, her mission was the same: lift up people seeking to build better lives for themselves and their children. Now, as a Student Success Coach at the University of Louisville, she hears harrowing stories of the obstacles faced by young people, and every day is encouraged by the resilience they show in overcoming them.
Josie is running a people-powered campaign in Kentucky’s House District 31 as a someone who grew up in poverty and has worked her whole to eliminate it; Josie will work on progressive policies that help working families get better jobs, pay higher wages, improved access to healthcare. Josie wants to give all kids in Kentucky the opportunities and a public education system that helped her achieve her dreams