Bessie will join Redstone after graduating from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. While at Yale, Bessie has focused primarily on issues of economic justice, including tax policy, affordable housing policy, and social policy. She has led one of the largest Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program sites in the state of Connecticut, helping refund over $1.2 million to low- and moderate-income families. Bessie was named a 2020 Truman Scholar for her service efforts and her passion for addressing economic inequality.
Additionally, Bessie has interned on the policy team of thinktank Prosperity Now, where she researched and advocated for policies to assist families in need through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. With support from the Yale Institute for Social and Policy Studies, she later co-authored a report on universal banking in the United States based on the research she conducted during her internship.
In her free time, Bessie can be found testing new recipes, hiking, and reading fiction novels. She is originally from Kansas, and she is fluent in American Sign Language.