My Involvement

I have over 25 years of experience in successful project management and process improvement in the areas of strategic planning, policy development and training. I also have more than a decade of experience in education and whole child advocacy, including broad-based community organizing and legislative affairs at the local, state and national levels. That’s direct educational experience my opponent simply can’t match.

I became a child advocate when my own children entered public school in 1999. My children had health and learning challenges. While guiding them through the educational system, I quickly discovered that I could use my voice for all children. Quality public education is foundational for social justice in our communities because education is the key to equity. I have worked to improve the lives of children in our state with the following organizations:

Sound Alliance, 2008-2010
Founding member, Co-chair, Education Action Team and Leadership Trainer
Northshore Schools Foundation, 2009-2017
Served as President, Vice President, Secretary, and Trustee
Citizens for Northshore Schools Levy and Bond elections, 2009-present
Washington State Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
Federal Legislative Chair, 2013-present
Legislative Director, 2013-2015
Region Legislative Chair, 2009-2010
Northshore Council Legislative Vice President, 2007-2009
Local Legislative Chair at Arrowhead Elementary, Kenmore Junior High, and Inglemoor High School
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction
Special Education Advisory Council Member, 2013-present, elected to executive committee in May 2017
Social Emotional Learning Advisory Committee, December 2016 – present
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated Plan team member, January – October 2016
ESSA Assessments work group team member, 2016
Social Emotional Learning Benchmarks work group, January – October 2016
K-12 Computer Science Learning Standards bias and sensitivity review, December 2016

I’ve been honored to work with many coalitions to improve the lives of children in our state. I have served as a Boy Scout leader and an elected Precinct Committee Officer.

Improving and enhancing public education is my focus. I would like to continue that work as your next school board director.