When I was a senior at the University of Utah, I had a mentor who suggested that I spend time each week serving others. It was the best advice I ever received! I started volunteering -- with Special Olympics, the AIDS Quilt Project -- and I founded a campus alcohol and drug abuse prevention program and raised money to extend our services to the Utah State Prison. After graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Communications, I began my career working in the arts. After moving to Phoenix in 1990 I worked in marketing and public relations at the Phoenix Symphony, the Desert Botanical Garden and the Scottsdale Cultural Council.
When my two children were small, my career took me away from Arizona, but I tried to instill the value of public service in my family, and I am proud to say that my adult children are both committed to causes they believe in, and work hard every day for a more just world. When they were both off on their own, I came back to the city I love.
I have been a single, working mother for most of my career and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most iconic companies in the world including Microsoft, Starbucks, Nordstrom and Boeing. Even though I am a first time candidate, I know what it takes to bring a team together to solve complex problems, and I know what it takes to negotiate for my priorities.
Service is the thread that connects all the experiences of my life -- from being a volunteer in college, to serving my community on behalf of my young children, to serving my clients and employees in business. Now I'm running for Phoenix City Council District 2 to serve my neighbors, and I am grateful for your support!