Born and raised in Seattle, Essance graduated from Whitworth University with a BA in Political Science and Sociology. While in college, Essance had the opportunity to study abroad and witness firsthand the global oppression and exploitation of BIPOC women. With this in mind, Essance returned to the states with a newfound passion to fight for equity and justice in her own community. She moved back to Seattle’s Central District after college, historically a Black community, to find her neighborhood had experienced rapid gentrification in her absence and many of her neighbors had been disenfranchised and exploited. She began her career as a Domestic Violence advocate in the Greater King County area to bring essential resources to BIPOC survivors. During this time, Essance saw the great need for long term solutions for survivors of abuse and was excited to join BEST and support their efforts in King County. Essance saw many members of her community lose hope and abandon their goals due to the harsh realities of their daily lives. This has motivated Essance to support others in discovering their potential and serve as a reminder that it is possible to rise above whatever obstacles and challenges life may present.