For the past two years, I’ve had the honor and privilege of serving as Town Councilor for District 3, striving to work in the best interests of our town as a whole and my immediate constituency. Following the 2020 U.S. Census, voting districts were redrawn and my precinct became half of the new District 4. Although some of you may not personally know me yet, I am running for re-election.
Prior to serving as Town Councilor, I chaired the Local Historic District Commission and represented Precinct 10 in Town Meeting. Currently, I co-chair the Council Governance, Organization and Legislation Committee and serve on the Community Resources Committee (CRC).
I began my career as a community organizer and project development manager with Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, a federally funded, non-profit organization. Working in cities as diverse in size as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Des Moines, St. Louis, and Los Angeles, I managed the development of Neighborhood Housing Services programs, which were among the first of their kind in the country to systemically combat banking and insurance industry redlining of older, urban neighborhoods.
Later I was Deputy Development Director for the Western Center on Law and Poverty. After relocating to Amherst, I was Assistant Development Director at VentureWell in Hadley, a non-profit dedicated to supporting faculty and students developing biomedical and clean energy technology for low-resourced communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.
A graduate of Brown University and a Coro Foundation Fellow in Public Affairs, I have two grown daughters and am the doting grandmother of two young grandsons.