For the last 11 years I have worked in the public and nonprofit sector in human services, legislative affairs, and health policy. From working as a legislative aide assisting the constituents of the 22nd legislative district, to leading the United Way of Thurston County’s Community Impact work, to working as a health policy analyst for Washington’s community health centers – I have committed my career to assisting working families and the most vulnerable. Before serving on council I served on the Olympia Planning Commission and the board of GRuB.
Now, more than ever we need a progressive leader with a proven track record of success. I was first elected in 2015 and re-elected last fall. I was elected Mayor Pro Tem by my council colleagues in January 2019. Since serving on council I have fought to address housing and homelessness and make our community safer and more welcoming. I will build upon this experience to create bold, progressive policy in the legislature.
Made Critical Investments in Homelessness Services and 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.