I was raised in Bellingham by a single mom. And because of my parents divorce, I grew up in public housing on welfare. I grew up with compassionate neighbors bringing us Thanksgiving dinner, and with my mom going to Catholic Community Services to get me the shoes I needed to play sports. I went to Gonzaga University on a cross country scholarship and it absolutely changed my life. I had always been told how important an education is in someone's life, and I can tell you firsthand that it changed my life-trajectory. After attending Gonzaga I went to The Evergreen State College for a Master's In Environmental Studies; giving me a heightened awareness of Environmental Action. I received scholarships, grants, and loans to get my education and eventually my job.
I believe in giving back to my community; a value I learned from my mother, Laura. My mom was always giving back despite the fact that we had nothing. My mother passed away 16 years ago and not a day goes by that I don't think about her and hope she would be proud of the things I am doing to make the world a better place. When elected as your Tacoma City Councilmember, I can take my fight to make a difference to the next level.