In 2013, I moved to Burien with my family. I had been in the Puget Sound area since 2008, and was delighted to discover this gem of a city here in the South end. I quickly decided that this was where I wanted to make a home for us, and have been here ever since.
As someone who has decided to plant roots here, and especially as a mother of two young children being raised here, I have developed a strong, invested interest in the state of our city, and have dedicated my time to working to improve the quality of life for all who call Burien home. I have been amazed by the sense of community here, the wonderful people, and incredibly rich culture this city has to offer, and because of all this and more, my love for Burien has only continued to grow.
My background has largely been focused on outreach in one form or another; I have been a community organizer for nearly a decade, and my professional experience has been centered mainly in journalism, social media/digital marketing management and consulting, web design, and sales. In 2011 I co-founded a small niche news outlet, and built it into a successful business from the ground up. Currently I am a reporter for the B-Town Blog, and I author an ongoing series featuring profiles of shelter pets from Burien C.A.R.E.S.
As someone who feels a sense of duty to serve my community, I have spent a great deal of time volunteering for a number of causes. I currently serve on the Board of Trustees and as Secretary of the Burien Arts Association, as a Lead Organizer for ACLU Burien People Power, and as Co-coordinator of the Burien ICE Rapid Response Team. I have spent years on the steering committee of the statewide nonprofit Sensible Washington, initially working as the Seattle Volunteer Coordinator, and then taking on the role of Fundraising Director. I have been involved in several political campaigns, ranging from candidates running for election, to multiple city and statewide initiatives, and have helped craft legislation down in Olympia.
Other organizations I have volunteered with include the Community Visions Network, the People’s Harm Reduction Alliance needle exchange program, Healthcare for All - WA, the Seattle Marijuana Liberation March, Burien C.A.R.E.S., and more. Recent events and efforts I have participated in include the Burien Clean Sweep, Burien PRIDE Festival, the King County Count Us In annual homeless count, and the Burien Severe Weather Shelter.
My goal is to use my experience to improve the lives of those in my community, and, by working together with the people here, I know we can build a brighter future for the City of Burien.