Florence received her master of architecture degree from Rice University in Houston and received her bachelor's degree in communication from Trinity University in San Antonio. She has also studied at Libera Università di Lingue e Communicazione IULM in Milan, Italy and Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Mass. Currently, she is practicing design and printmaking at a small studio. Florence also has worked as a journalist at daily newspapers and as an energy analyst. She is married and has a son and a daughter. She enjoys running, traveling, and learning new languages.
Florence is also involved with Youth Leadership Council, a local nonprofit that instills leadership skills in high school students.
In May 2006, Florence and group of friends went on a Sunflower Mission workcamp trip to Vietnam. Upon her return, Florence committed to continuing her support of Sunflower Mission. Some of her comments are below...
"... What will sustain me as a supporter of Sunflower Mission is the belief that these children will only rise out of poverty with education. They have futures if their parents will allow them to go to school instead of working for the next meal. We met so many faces and so many names, so many hardships and so much resilience and resourcefulness. It was an amazing journey to make it to each and every school to meet each principal and to hear the students talk about what they dream to be one day. Of course, not all of them had a response for what they dare to be, but every once in a while, I did hear a little face say, "I want to be a doctor," or "I want to be a singer." "