What is your favorite part about being a mom?
Everything. Honestly just thinking about this question makes me emotional. My mother passed away when I was very little, so just being able to give my daughters the love and support that I missed out on is the most wonderful gift on earth. Being a mom is by far the greatest joy of my life and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.
Which neighborhood do you call home? Do you have any favorite local businesses that you like to frequent?
We currently live in Hyde Park. Our favorite local businesses are Virtue (amazing food!), Build Coffee, 57th Street Books, Kido (owned by a lovely, local Hyde Park mom), Adorable Baby, and Wesley’s Shoes.
What are your favorite things to do in the city with your kids?
Anything outdoors! We’re very close to the water so in warmer months we love to go to the beach, play in the sand, and ride our bikes along the water. We also love going to the Lincoln Park Zoo and in pre-covid times, visiting the city’s wonderful public libraries.
Can you tell us a little about your career journey, and how it led you to found EveryMom Chicago?
I actually spent most of my career working for a major financial institution in marketing, communications, and policy development. I was a project manager and regularly rotated around the business to contribute to special projects. However I’ve always been an active volunteer (starting as a young teenager), very community-minded, and interested in nonprofit work.
At the beginning of COVID, I came across a young woman who was expecting her first child, had lost her job due to pregnancy related illness and had a series of other things going on that left her unprepared for her baby. I reached out to my community of parents and simply asked “does anyone have extra baby supplies they don’t need?” and the response was overwhelming. If you’re lucky enough to have a baby shower, you often end up with duplicates and many items you never even open or use. Thanks to the generosity of parents in my network, I was able to deliver a car full of supplies to this mom. I packaged everything beautifully so it would feel like a mini-shower. I did this for a few other moms I came across through my volunteer work and from there it evolved into a formal nonprofit, which is now EveryMom Chicago
. In short we provide all of the key essentials a mom would need to bring baby home from the hospital. We’re grounded in the belief that every mom, regardless of circumstance, deserves to feel prepared
, and celebrated