Bessie joined Redstone after graduating from Yale University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. While at Yale, Bessie focused primarily on issues of economic justice, including tax policy, affordable housing policy, and social policy. She 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 throughout the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bessie was named a 2020 Truman Scholar for her service efforts and her passion for addressing economic inequality.
Previously, Bessie 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. She has also worked for the United States Department of Labor Civil Rights Center, contributing to investigations of discrimination against people seeking federally funded services, such as unemployment insurance and workforce development training. Bessie cares deeply about making social services accessible to all people, regardless of their language, background, and ability.
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.