We need an experienced progressive leader to represent the people of the 22nd LD. From working as a legislative aide assisting constituents of the 22nd legislative district, to leading the United Way of Thurston County’s Community Impact work, and working as a health policy analyst for Washington’s community health centers – I have dedicated my career to assisting working families and our vulnerable neighbors in Thurston County.
I was first elected in 2015 and re-elected last fall. I was elected Mayor Pro Tem by my council colleagues in January 2019. During this time I have fought to create affordable housing, address homelessness, and improve public health and safety. In the legislature, I will fight for working families, seniors, and our most vulnerable to ensure we all have an opportunity to thrive.
Made Critical Investments in Homelessness Services & Supports
- Led the Home Fund campaign resulting in $7 million/year investment in Permanent Supportive Housing.
- This is a historical affordable housing measure in the South Puget Sound that will build housing for hundreds of vulnerable individuals in our community.
- Testified in support of HB 1406, which passed in 2019 providing cities with critical funding to address affordable housing.
- Partnered with the Providence Community Care Center to provide critical health and dignity services to vulnerable individuals.
- Created a safe mitigation site for safe temporary shelter with storage & hygiene services.
- Expanded 24/7 access to shelter for youth and adults at Rosie’s Place, Community Youth Services.
- Invested $400,000 to the Family Support Center to create affordable housing connected to support services for families.
- Created the Plum St. Village operated by the Low-Income Housing Institute, providing housing, hygiene and case management services to vulnerable adults.
- Hired the City's first Homelessness Coordinator.
Worked to Make Olympia a Safer, More Welcoming & Sustainable Community
- In November of 2016 wrote and sponsored Olympia’s Sanctuary City Resolution - ensuring that all Olympia residents are safe and receive City services regardless of immigration status.
- Expanded downtown walking patrol, established police neighborhood liaisons, familiar faces program, and crisis response unit.
- The Familiar Faces Program utilizes peer navigators with lived substance use disorder experience to proactively engage with chronically homeless individuals who are frequent utilizers of public services.
- The Crisis Response Unit consists of mental health providers who are diverted to 911 calls for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis.
- Expanded the Olympia Community Court to divert individuals out of the criminal justice system and connect them to services.
- Adopted ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
- Adopted sea level rise response plan.
- Received the Association of Washington Cities 2018 Advocacy All-Star Award for advocacy efforts to gain state support for cities to address affordable housing.
- Served on the Association of Washington Cities Legislative Priorities Committee.
- Testified in support of affordable housing resources for cities HB 2437.