ISSUES & EXPERIENCE
I want to put my experience to work for you in the Minnesota House of Representatives. I believe in public service and authentic leadership, and over the last twenty years, I’ve worked on regional and statewide policy at Hennepin County and at the Minnesota legislature. That experience matters. My professional and local volunteering experiences give me a solid foundation for being an effective member of the legislature and advocate for progressive investments that benefit all Minnesotans.
Hennepin County, policy aide to Commissioner Peter McLaughlin
Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, board of managers
House of Representatives, Committee Administrator
St. Louis Park Community Foundation and Community Youth Development Fund, board member
Vote for Kids Campaign Director, Children’s Defense Fund
Career in Public Service
Energy & Environment
Minnesota’s environment is one of our most precious resources. Our lakes, rivers and streams; forests, plants and prairies; and the abundance of wildlife need our protection. We are facing significant challenges, such as understanding how our environment is tolerating or adapting to a changing climate; new and present pollutants and the effects they have on the environment and health; and carbon emission reductions and the steps we are taking to create a Clean Power Plan.
I’m passionate about environmental resiliency, protecting safe drinking water, promoting clean energy and creating a sustainable future for Minnesota. During my 10 years on the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District board, I helped St. Louis Park clean 200+ acres of storm water. I also pushed for partnerships that built the Minnehaha Creek Preserve near Methodist Hospital, which can filter up to 80 acres of storm water.
The Watershed District is responsible for managing and protecting water quality for 181 square miles of creeks, lakes and wetlands in the western suburbs and Minneapolis.
Our roads are old, and it shows. With a shortage of future funding, we cannot meet the upkeep needs as bridges and roads age.
In my six years working as Peter McLaughlin’s principal aide, we oversaw millions of dollars of improvements to roads. We helped make light rail transit a reality when the Hiawatha Line opened. We’ve continued to advance the creation of a regional transit network – including bus routes and rapid transit – with the Metropolitan Council and surrounding counties.
Republicans have misled Minnesotans claiming transit is a wedge issue between Greater Minnesota and the Metro area. In truth, transit exists in every corner of Minnesota. It’s imperative that our state supports and funds a statewide transit network – just as it supports road and bridges.
Schools are more segregated than ever, and the achievement gap persists. In addition, college is increasingly unaffordable, especially for first-generation students. When Minnesotans get a solid education, they have the foundation to succeed. We need creative solutions, like STEP-UP Achieve internships, to provide springboards for our youth to build a brighter future.
I’ve seen firsthand how a mentorship program can transform a life. Since 2004, my office in Hennepin County has hosted STEP-UP interns. Every summer I’ve helped mentor these high school kids, and it’s been one of the more rewarding parts of my job.