- Dedicated my life to public service.
- Bring an understanding of public policy, and have 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 (freshman in college) and daughter Mariel (sophomore in high school).
Dedicated my life to public service. Throughout my professional career, I have worked to make this world a better place. I have worked as a community organizer on behalf of residents trying to improve their housing and reduce crime in their neighborhood. I have worked to improve the lives of homeless individuals and families – fostering collaborations between government, non-profits and the business community to reform our public systems that provide funding and services so that we can reduce costs while creating more dignified and humane ways of addressing homelessness. In the mid-1990′s, I also lived in Russia for four years, working with Russian democratic leaders as they broke off the chains of communism and created new systems for democratic voting and freedom of speech.
Bring an understanding of public policy, and have particular expertise in housing and community development. I have worked to create supportive housing to end homelessness in our community, with project such as Lydia Apartments on Franklin and Blaisdell. As a staff member working in the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C., I developed and wrote legislation on Federal housing and community development law. I understand how to effectively navigate our bureaucracies in order to get government to work better, on behalf of all people. I earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University, with a special emphasis in statistics and economic analysis.
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 to ensure that discrimination was not written into our State’s constitution and I was at the Capitol (see video) 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 decision-making and leadership mean that people are involved in the decisions that impact their lives. More diverse voices and perspectives is a good thing – for democracy and for government’s responses – it makes 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 creating 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 regularly bike and jog, and have completed two marathons, and three triathlons. I have promoted a more walkable community through smart growth principles, 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, with the League of Women Voters, volunteer server at the “community meal” through Hennepin Avenue Methodist Church that feeds our hungry and homeless neighbors, and have engaged in many other ways in 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.
Family includes my husband Tom Fulton, son Henry and daughter Mariel.