Throughout my life and career, I’ve been motivated by a commitment to equity, inclusion, and results. I was raised on the Southside of Chicago, and moved to the Northwest as a young woman in search of opportunity and a level playing field.
My political experience began when I was elected the first Black and youngest student body president in the history of Oregon State University. Soon after, I was appointed by Oregon’s Governor as a student representative to the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. Now, I am the first Black woman to represent the 44th District of Washington.
My career and family took root in Snohomish County, where we have lived for over 20 years. Our children attend Western Washington University and Jackson High School in the Everett School District. Two of our children have graduated from the University of Washington.
My passion for quality schools is why I sought election to the Everett School Board in 2019, and my past service on the Edmonds School Board. In these roles I’ve increased teaching and learning budgets, replaced and updated textbooks and technology, built partnerships for continuing and vocational learning, and provided for frontline families during recent school closures.
As a Planning Commissioner for the City of Mill Creek, I worked collaboratively to support existing and future businesses, improve transit connectivity and develop solutions to accommodate growth and housing choices. As the former owner of The Edmonds Inn: Bed and Breakfast, I built and managed a business, learning the true nature of service — and problem solving. And like many in the 44th LD, I have worked in aerospace as a former Boeing program manager. In so many ways, my background and story reflect the 44th District — a believer in great public schools, an understanding of small business and aerospace, and a commitment to community.
Over the past two decades, I have seen firsthand the challenges brought by the growth in our community; challenges that include over-crowded schools, a lack of affordable housing and too few living wage jobs. I was drawn to service — to seek this legislative seat, as a school board director and longtime community volunteer — because young people, working people, and disenfranchised people deserve a voice in how we make policy.
Every person deserves to be heard and respected. I draw inspiration and energy from the people I work with and learn from, and am honored to represent the 44th District of Washington in the State House.