I'm an Iowa native and live in Winterset. I've worked as an economist at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Tax Policy, and at the Congressional Research Service in the Domestic Social Policy Division. I've published research on executive compensation, pharmaceutical corporate charity abuses, and the growth of monopolies in the U.S. economy.

I was the first in my family to attend college. I graduated from Grinnell College and completed my Master’s degree at the University of Wisconsin's La Follette School of Public Affairs. To cover my tuition, I took out student loans and worked four jobs, including as a Special Needs Care Provider for the Arc of East Central Iowa.