Elected Experience: State Representative
Other Professional Experience: As Deputy Director at DESC (Downtown Emergency Service Center), I direct policy and help oversee a $48 million budget to provide nationally recognized Housing First services to 3,500 people who have experienced homelessness. I previously worked with domestic violence survivors, people living with mental illnesses, and developmental disabilities.
Education: MPA, Evans School, University of Washington; BA, Sociology, Rutgers University
Community Service: Past Board President, Washington Low Income Housing Alliance; Member, Seattle Housing Levy Oversight Committee; Co-Chair, Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness; Co-Chair, City Budget Task Force, Seattle Human Services Coalition; Member, Seattle University Institutional Review Board
Statement: As your Representative, I brought innovative and pragmatic solutions to tackle our state’s toughest challenges. To make housing affordable and reduce homelessness, I sponsored legislation to generate $27 million annually, expand access to assistance for neighbors in need, and protect tenants from discrimination.
It was my honor to help protect LGBTQ youth by ending conversion therapy, advance gender and pay equity, reduce gun violence, and pass the Voting Rights Act. But there is more to be done to ensure our city’s growth leaves no one behind. Together, we can champion the progressive changes we need now in Olympia.