I am running for city council because I believe that all of our citizens should have their voices heard and I am a person who likes to build relationships and grow collaborations to get things done.
I had the privilege to serve several years on the Board of Adjustment and represented Windsor Heights on the Des Moines Sister Cities Commission. I currently serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Professionally, I've had the opportunity to work for life-long public servants, in state government, and for our metro community at large. They've all given me the chance to learn, grow, and develop an understanding and appreciation for several issues and for people from all walks of life.
I first visited Iowa in 2002 when I had the opportunity to spend six months working on a campaign. I'd taken a leave of absence from my job in Atlanta and set out on a mission to go to a state I'd never been before, take a job "without any help", and take whatever job I was given. Through a series of events, I ended up in Iowa and after returning to my job in November 2002 I realized that I liked Greater Des Moines better and Iowa was where I was supposed to be.
I quickly sought jobs that would help me follow my passions and put my talents to work. I moved to Windsor Heights on a snowy day in March 2003 and it has been home for me ever since.
I also find it important to give back to our community so in the past I have volunteered for Junior Achievement and served on the board of the Des Moines Public Library Foundation. I currently volunteer to help young people through Business Horizons and Everybody Wins! Iowa, and work to help families have affordable, safe, decent homes through Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.
I look forward to meeting, hearing your thoughts, and sharing my own for all of us to unlock.