I have over 25 years of experience strengthening communities locally, nationally and internationally. I have taken these skills and put them to work for our community.
- Dedicated my life to public service.
- Bring an understanding of public policy, and a particular expertise in housing and community development.
- Committed to social justice and economic equity.
- Problem solver and committed to collaborative leadership.
- Dedicated to living green and healthy for myself, my family and my community.
- Committed to making our community a great place to call home.
- Family includes husband Tom Fulton, son Henry (recent college graduate) and daughter Mariel (sophomore in college).
- Education includes a master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in Government and Slavic Languages from Lawrence University.
Dedicated my life to public service. Throughout my professional career, I have worked to make this world a better place. As a community organizer, I have worked on behalf of residents trying to improve their housing, enhance their community and reduce crime in their neighborhoods — fostering collaborations between government, non-profits and the business community.
Bring an understanding of public policy, and a particular expertise in housing and community development. I have worked to create more responsive public policies to ensure that everyone has a home, linking services to housing when necessary to end cycles of homelessness. I’ve worked as a neighborhood leader, organizing residents to improve their community; in the U.S. House of Representatives, writing laws on community development and housing; at U.S. Agency for International Development in Moscow, Russia, training democratic leaders how to participate and monitor free and fair elections; and currently at Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative as Director of New Projects, building both the public will and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness. I understand how to effectively navigate our bureaucracies in order to get government to work better on behalf of all people.
Committed to social justice and economic equity. My first public political act was a letter to the Star Tribune when I was in high school, calling out a biased article that incorrectly blamed diversity in the community for the challenges in the local economy. As a neighborhood organizer, I worked with neighbors to demand investment and resources into the community. I served as a Minneapolis Civil Rights Commissioner and fought hard for equal treatment for everyone. I’m proud that as a City Councilmember I led the Council vote to stand with the VOTE NO efforts ensuring that discrimination was not written into our state’s constitution, and I was at the Capitol to celebrate when the Senate passed the Marriage Equality bill. I’ve spent my career making sure everyone’s voice is valued and heard.
Problem solver, committed to collaborative leadership. I firmly believe that people should be involved in the decisions that impact their lives and that more diverse voices and perspectives is a good thing — for democracy and for government’s responses. These efforts make our public policies more reflective of the needs in our community. To me, leadership means bringing people together to work collaboratively on finding the right solutions.
Dedicated to living green and healthy for myself, my family and my community. Creating dedicated bike lanes and streets that are built for people is part of building the infrastructure for a healthy community. As an avid runner and bicyclist, I understand how important parks, trails and pedestrian-friendly streets are to a safe and healthy community. I have consistently promoted a more walkable community through smart growth principles, the adoption and application of Complete Streets policies, and expanding sidewalks and trails systems.
Committed to making our community a great place to call home. I have volunteered for the schools as a Site Council representative and room parent, served as soccer coach for young girls, volunteered at Project Homeless Connect and with the League of Women Voters, participated as server at the “community meal” through Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church that feeds our hungry and homeless neighbors, and have engaged in many other ways throughout our community to connect people, strengthen our neighborhoods and fight for better opportunities for all of our neighbors. I have dedicated endless hours of time to activities that improve our community.