SMALL TOWN PRIDE
Audrey was born in Joplin, Missouri, and grew up in Kimberling City. Living in a town of 900 people meant she always had a tight-knit community of support. Her church family, family friends, and teachers often overlapped. Their consistent belief in Audrey, an insistence that she could chase her dreams no matter how big they were, propels her forward to this day.
A THRIVING CAREER
Audrey graduated from George Washington University in Washington DC with a BA in Political Science. She worked for six years at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a bureau of the US Treasury Department. She was a communications intern and then the knowledge manager, overseeing the agency-wide KM program. Audrey was also the unit's representative to the Enterprise Change Control Board.
As a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan, that hobby turned into a job by pure happenstance. Audrey spent four years as a professional sportswriter, contributing to SBNation. Her work was featured on Beyond the Box Score, Viva El Birdos, and Federal Baseball.
Audrey currently works for a nonprofit organization, Children and Screens: Institute of Media and Child Development. They study the impacts of screen time and media on children aged zero to eighteen. As technology far outpaces our understanding of its effects, Audrey believes it is pivotal to study its impact on the most vulnerable among us.
As Abraham Lincoln said in his first Inaugural Address, "We are not enemies, but friends." Audrey aims to embody that Republican Party legacy by promoting unity and progress over partisanship. The goal is for people from across the country to look at Southwest Missouri and think, "That's where I want to start a business. That is where I want to raise my family."