I got my start in advocacy when my daughter started school and I saw that our education system was not meeting the needs of our kids and our communities. I joined my local PTA and worked my way up to Washington State PTA Legislative Director. That work gave me invaluable experience working with decision makers to bring about change. It also helped me better understand the kind of leader that I wanted to be.

In my time on the Kirkland City Council I have worked to be that leader, listening to the concerns of residents and bringing people together to get things done. On the Council, I have stood for a responsible and responsive budget and our city’s budget practices reflect that. I also stand for smart growth and smart investments that maintain our high quality of life while planning for our region’s future. And I have worked to meet the needs of all our residents.

In addition to that work, I have been actively involved in supporting kids and families on the Eastside Human Services Forum, the King County Domestic Violence Initiative, the King County Cities Climate Collaboration, and the King County Board of Health. I also served a four-year term on the Kirkland Park Board, volunteered on park and school bond and levy committees, and served as a trustee for the Lake Washington Schools Foundation.