The way that the Lansing area is pulsing with an energy and creativity captivated me to stay here after graduation. Lansing is increasingly becoming an ideal community for young professionals to start a career. The opportunities provided by Michigan State University, coupled with a vibrant arts and culture scene, great nightlife downtown, tremendous local food movement, and beautiful natural assets like the Grand River present a quality of life similar to other premiere areas for young professionals.
It also impresses me as a place where idealism still thrives. Movements like #LoveLansing, Accelerate Lansing, YSG and others help channel the passion of young people who want to make a difference. There is a great sense of hope for the future in the community here.
I was fortunate to land a job with the Michigan Environmental Council – the state’s leading advocate for strong public policies that protect Michigan’s air, water, land and public health. It’s an office filled with high-energy people whose guiding principles are “Do good, have fun” and I am blessed to live and work in an environment where I can do both! As the Special Projects Associate, I utilize my creativity and local networks to plan exciting and high-quality events, meetings and summits. Like many of my colleagues here in Lansing, I create a platform for ideas to spark, discussions to develop, and people to learn new ways to move Michigan forward. And I love it.