Elected Experience: First-time candidate
Other Professional Experience: As the founding Executive Director of the Washington Recovery Alliance, I work to change policy and educate the public around addiction and mental health. I helped launch Forefront Suicide Prevention, where I directed school-based programs. Previously, I worked in international development at the Gates Foundation and as a Fulbright Scholar in West Africa. In Ghana, I started a small business to provide education and job training for girls.
Education: Brown University (Bachelor's, Ethnic Studies)
Community Service: Past Member, King County Behavioral Health Advisory Board; Policy Committee, National Alliance on Mental Illness–Washington; directed adult English language learning program
Statement: After nearly losing my best friend to addiction, I championed “Ricky’s Law,” one of the largest investments in addiction treatment in state history. I’m ready to tackle Washington’s opioid, mental health, and housing crises. As a former Head Start preschool teacher, I’ll work to strengthen our schools, while supporting our children, teachers, and parents. Gun violence prevention and curbing domestic violence are also top priorities.
Endorsements: Our Representatives Ruth Kagi and Cindy Ryu, Governor Gregoire, labor organizations, Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, and 24 current and former Democratic legislators and local elected officials from Shoreline, Lynnwood, Edmonds, and Seattle