Background

Knowledge

I’m a business owner and I know what it takes to succeed and run a successful business—especially during a rough economy. As a technology consultant, I bring valuable know-how as the City moves forward with updating its infrastructure and operations. As a community activist (which is what led me to running for office in the first place!), I understand the role regional boards, commissions, state laws, and funding requirements play in our ability to get anything done locally. I am prepared to meet our challenges and have the energy to go the distance to bring needed resources and economic development to our community.

Relationships

As a Cloverdale Planning Commissioner, an appointee to the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, an appointee to Sonoma County’s Climate Action 2020, and having worked on local measures concerning land use and transportation, I’ve built relationships within City Hall and throughout the region that benefit our community. Having served on local boards and commissions, I understand that you are one person in a group of equals and that a solidly framed argument and persistence go a long way toward influencing the best outcome.

Flexibility

Because I own my own business, my schedule is flexible enough to serve at regular meetings, represent our community on regional boards, and make myself available as opportunities arise. I know going in what the demands on my time will be, and as a small business owner, have the flexibility and experience to set priorities and be in the room when decisions are being made.

Education

Especially during the pandemic, not a week goes by without me participating in informational calls and webinars hosted by CalOES, the League of California Cities, or local and regional partners to learn more about everything from land use planning, use of force, emergency preparedness, effective community outreach, and so much more.

A love of history and understanding how things work led me to earn a bachelors degree in political science from Pepperdine University. Getting involved in Cloverdale's General Plan revision and Urban Growth Boundary led me to the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy program to expand my knowledge of local government and I am a 2009 Fellow of the Leadership Institute for a Sustainable Future. In 2012, a passion for effective climate change policy led me to complete Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project Climate Corp training.

This is just a little about me. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions. I humbly ask for your support, and most importantly, your vote.