I never planned on running for Cambridge City Council while I was growing up in a Florida farming community. My first job was working for my grandfather, who spent over 35 years in agriculture and eventually started his own wholesale produce business. It was there I was taught the value of hard work, and learned the importance of giving back by to the community.
My family and I first came here when I was a graduate student at Harvard. My children attended public school in Cambridge, where their multi-ethnic, tri-lingual upbringing was welcomed. Cambridge opened its arms to our melting pot family, and we fell in love.
After my family and faith, public service has been my calling. In addition to work in the private sector, I’ve spent many years living and working in the former Soviet Union, including a USAID funded democracy development project in Central Asia. I also have experience with state and local government; my most recent work has focused on improving public transportation planning, access, and equity.
I believe it is important to create a strong community with active business and research. Cambridge must also be a place where families both want, and are able, to live and build vibrant neighborhoods. Our teachers, firefighters, young families and multi-generation residents are all too often priced out of our community. We need to fix this.
Thanks for visiting my campaign website. Over the next weeks and months, I will be adding updates and additional information to the site. If you would like to support these efforts, I would welcome a donation using the secure link. Also, please feel free to call and share your ideas and thoughts about Cambridge. I look forward to meeting you.