I moved to Petaluma five years ago charmed by the immediate access to farm-fresh food, the active bicycle culture, the historic downtown on the river, and the easy exchanges I experienced meeting people on the street when walking my dog.
Disheartened by the actions being taken in Washington and empowered by the many other women in this country taking political office and seeking affirmative change, I chose also to participate in the political process.
During my long career as an urban planner I had the opportunity to represent my community on the Planning Commission. My current role as a volunteer board member of the United States Green Building Council Redwood Chapter provides me the platform to integrate my ideals about the built environment and environs in our county.
Many local residents know me as the former Operations Manager for Daily Acts. Today, I work as an executive team member of the nonprofit Bionutrient Food Association (BFA), whose mission is “to increase quality in the food supply.” From my work, I know that creating affirmative change in our complex environment is an ongoing process – a marathon, not a sprint. My work inspires me every day to make that change a reality.
I represent the BFA on the Sonoma County Food System Alliance (SCFSA), a coalition of diverse stakeholders working to envision and create a healthy, sustainable, local food system through leadership and collective action. The SCFSA is currently exploring the opportunity to add a Healthy Communities element to the Sonoma County General Plan.
I will work toward keeping Petaluma livable, building community, and balancing the city’s obligations with the needs of the community. I want to plan today for our City’s future.