Traci has served the Charlottesville/Albemarle community as a passionate leader in education for over 25 years. As an integral part of the educational and local government systems, she has worked with elementary, middle, and high school students from marginalized and underserved communities. In addition to her experience as a long-term substitute teacher and teaching assistant, she has extensive experience working with local school districts to implement HR policies to ensure access to academic services and to support the development of educational programs that resonate with youth. She has obtained HR designations as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and the Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). Prior to her role with the Equity Center, Traci worked with the federally funded program Upward Bound at the University of Virginia to assist college-bound first-generation and low-income students to prepare and thrive in their post high careers. She received her B.S. degree in Information Systems Management from the State University of New York, College at Buffalo and her Educational Technology Certification from James Madison University. She is expecting to receive her M.Ed. degree in Learning, Design, and Technology in the summer of 2024. She is married to Edward, a native of Albemarle County, and they have three adult children.