In 2001, my partner Joan and I moved to the Willard-Hay Neighborhood of Minneapolis. We chose the north side of Minneapolis due to the vibrant diversity that makes it such a rich community. We purchased our home in 2004, and, like many others have been working ever since to keep our community a wonderful place.
I spent much of my early life living in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota (next to the Crystal Airport). I attended Robbinsdale Cooper High School and went on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in Architecture at the University of Minnesota. While in architecture school, I was elected by architecture students across the country to represent them as the National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). I moved to Washington DC for nearly a year and a half, during which time I traveled the country and advocated for the interests of 30,000 architecture students across the United States.Upon returning to Minneapolis in 1997, I began working for a respected Minneapolis-based architecture firm. My design experience has ranged from small affordable housing to large site Master plans and always focused on sustainable design.
My professional, educational, and life experiences have equipped me to look at issues from several different vantage points. Specifically, I work best with a variety of people who may have different self interests, with the goal of encouraging people to understand the importance of working together for the sake of a better, tangible outcome.
In 2002 I volunteered on Paul Wellstone’s third campaign for Senate and learned firsthand what grassroots politics and organizing is about, working to engage all people in the process of politics and government. Everyone close to Sen. Wellstone was impacted by the loss on that October day in 2002, and like many I continue to be inspired by his work and his words. I am running for House of Representatives today as a continuation of this commitment to putting people before politics.
My involvement in my community has taken many forms: working with my neighborhood block club, volunteering with the Senate District 58-DFL, participating in my neighborhood association, and serving on the city of Minneapolis Capitol Long Range Improvement Committee. For the past couple of years I have been co-facilitating the Northside Transportation Network with Rep. Bobby Joe Champion and engaging the north side community around the proposed Bottineau LRT that maybe connection our community to the larger regional rail system. I have volunteered with many local, state and national campaigns, and continue to reach out and actively engage those who feel disenfranchised by the political process.
I have lived by a philosophy, that if you want to see change you have to work for that change. It is only through working together that we will be able to build upon our communities’ assets and continue to move in a positive direction. I encourage you to contact me and share your thoughts about the issues that are critical to the future of our community and our State.