At age twelve, Tracy was placed into protective custody due to an abusive and neglectful home environment. She grew up in a series of foster homes. Thanks to scholarships from the Children’s Trust Fund, Tracy is a graduate from University of California, Irvine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Management, and was on the Dean’s Honor List throughout her college career. During that time Tracy also participated as an Orangewood Peer Mentor. As a mentor, she served as a positive role model for teenagers residing at Orangewood Children’s Home and provided leadership at workshops for other young adults like her. Tracy is now continuing her education, pursuing a doctoral degree in Psychology.