Mallory Rusch was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked for a myriad of nonprofit organizations, first a full-time employee and then as a consultant. She has worked for criminal justice reform, better care for our veterans, and improved public education. Rusch has also supported organizations working for quality early childhood education, access to job training, increases in adult literacy, expanded opportunities for women’s leadership, and the pursuit of racial equity. Rusch holds a master’s degree in public service from the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Immigrant Home English Learning Program (I-HELP) and as a lay leader with the Ecumenical Catholic Communion.