Elected Experience: Tacoma City Councilmember, 2008-present. Deputy Mayor, 2011. Neighborhoods & Housing, Environment & Public Works, and Economic Development Committees. Executive Board, Puget Sound Regional Council. Tacoma Arts Commissioner. Governor's appointee to Affordable Housing Advisory Board.
Other Professional Experience: Executive Director, Fair Housing Center of Washington. 30+ years as an advocate for seniors, civil rights, neighborhoods, education initiatives, environmental protection, and quality of life for families.
Education: BA, University of Oregon. Masters Certificate, Women in Politics and Government, Boston College.
Community Service: McCarver & Wright Park Memorials. Tacoma Pierce County Chamber of Commerce. Rotary 8. American Leadership Forum. National Fair Housing Alliance. Past President, Hilltop Action Coalition.
Statement: These are challenging times. Too many people have lost their jobs. Budget cuts weaken our safety net. These have been tough times for me too. I recently lost my husband of 30 years to illness. It is important that my sons see their mom pursue her dreams as they pursue theirs.
I'm called to serve, and more determined and passionate than ever to work for a better future. I have spent years helping seniors, the disabled, and the less fortunate, and working to support families. With my experience, I can connect our values with the results we want in Olympia.