A native of Texas, Afton received her undergraduate and master's degrees in Vocal Performance from the University of Houston and Westminster Choir College. She brings 9 years of fundraising experience in higher education grant writing and non-profit arts fundraising focused on individual giving, annual fund and major gifts. Afton's career as an arts administrator and professional opera singer, in tandem with her advocacy in fighting for an equity, racial and social justice, has led her to become a self-proclaimed ARTIVIST: Artist Activist.

Her most recent work includes National Museum of Mexican Art, Joffrey Ballet and New York Theatre Workshop. In her free time Afton enjoys cooking, baking and traveling.