"I am running for the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners because I am passionate about serving my community."
I was born and raised in South Minneapolis. My family lived very close to Bde Maka Ska where I taught myself to swim. I am the youngest of three daughters born to a mother and father who were hard, union workers in the labor industry. Around the age of 12 my family and I moved East of 35W into the Phillips neighborhood. My fondest memories include watching the fireworks with friends at Powderhorn Park, walking my children around Lake Nokomis, swimming in Lake Hiawatha and viewing the fall colors along the Mississippi River. The Southside continues to be my heart and my home.
I am renting my home and raising my family in the historic Bryant neighborhood in South Minneapolis. A beautifully rich and diverse community which is home to the first integrated homes in Minneapolis and, as such, my neighborhood received historic designation status by our City Council in 2017. I am proud to serve as the President of Bryant Neighborhood Organization where I can listen to my neighbors, build community and take the lead on neighborhood priorities. I am a mom to two sons and two daughters. We enjoy family movie nights, working in our yard, playing at Phelps Park and relaxing in our home with our big cats Max and Jacob.
For nearly 20 years I have worked tirelessly to change systems at the macro level, both at the state and county, in ways that are holistic, person-first and seamless. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from St. Catherine University and Master’s degree in Public Administration from Hamline University. I am running to be the next District 4 County Commissioner to include the voices of our families and communities in every decision the County makes that impact our lives.