Born to Guyanese immigrants in Brooklyn, New York, Mickie McNamara studied classical art history, sketching and collage in Rome, Italy and interned at the United Nations World Food Programme before beginning her decade-long career in finance, culminating in a position as an Assistant Vice President at Deutsche Bank. She has an M.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University, worked as a Civilian Program and Policy Specialist for U.S. Army Africa in Italy and currently serves as the Senior Marketing Coordinator for Thomas & Hutton.