Eight years ago when I first ran for City Council, I talked about my commitment to continuing St. Louis Park’s success, to ensuring the city be a leader in environmental sustainability, that we would have housing opportunities available for residents at every stage of life, that we would ensure that residents were engaged in the decisions that impact their lives. Since then, I have worked hard to deliver on those commitments. Some of the accomplishments that I’m proud to have led city efforts in, include:
- Initiated the creation of the Environment and Sustainable SLP Commission,
- Led adoption of a city-wide, curbside pick up organics recycling to expand participation in recycling efforts and reduce waste.
- Fought for bee-friendly city parks with dramatically reduced use of pesticides,
- Supported the city’s commitment to a city Climate Action Plan,
- An Inclusionary Housing Policy, creating quality housing affordable to all our residents,
- Resident-driven planning for managing development, including the Southside Excelsior Boulevard Guidelines, and the SW LRT station-area plans,
- Connect the Park 10 year plan for a safer and healthier community, with more sidewalks and bike trails,
- Commitment to race equity across city programs and priorities,
- Provide leadership for Transit Oriented Development planning for station areas along the Southwest Light Rail Transit corridor, as representative to Hennepin County’s Southwest Community Works Committee
- Led efforts to adopt a Complete Streets policy in St. Louis Park, and to adopt a 10-year plan for expanding trails and sidewalks to create a healthier community.
- Served on the Hennepin County Workforce Investment Board
- Restructured our long-term capital improvement plans and billing to ensure that our water supply and systems are reliable, clean, affordable and enduring.
- Helped ensure that our city continues to receive AAA bond rating, reflecting sound fiscal practices and reducing costs for residents,
- Helped create programs for job development and to support small businesses to maintain the character and economy of our city,
- Elected as President of Metro Cities, an organization representing 91 cities throughout the metro area, and which advocates for city interests at the State Legislature,
- and much much more.
I have listened to residents – to all of you – and responded by facilitating community conversations that include your ideas, your concerns and your dreams – that include YOU.
I have over 25 years of experience in strengthening communities locally, nationally, and internationally. I have taken these skills and put them to work for our community. Professionally, 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 building affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness. Our latest project, 66 West apartments in Edina, will provide homes to 39 young adults experiencing homelessness, with an emphasis on suburban youth.
My education includes:
- Master’s degree in Public Policy, Georgetown University
- Bachelors degree in Government and Slavic Languages, Lawrence University
Throughout my life, I have dedicated my personal time and my professional career to helping empower people to have a voice in their own community. For three decades, I have been able to formulate and advance public policies that help communities keep government accountable and working on their behalf.