A candidate for State Representative Pos. 2, Legislative District 36 in the 2010 Washington General Election
Elected Experience: I have led on environmental, education, mental health, and children and youth issues while serving in the Legislature. Current chair of Human Services.
Other Professional Experience: Managed several non-profit organizations for children, youth, and families, and an education foundation
Education: Master's degree in Social Work, Bachelor's degree in journalism, post-graduate work in public policy
Community Service: Founded TreeHouse. Served on the Boards of Phinney Neighborhood Association, Ballard Family Center, First Place, Reinvesting in Youth, part of the class of Leadership Tommorrow. Now serve on the WA. Institute for Public Policy.
Statement: As the chair of the Human Services Committee, I am a legislator who works hard to meet the needs of the people of my district and state. I successfully sponsored the Toxic Toys Bill to keep children's products safe and led the efforts on the Safe Baby Bottle Bill. My other legislative successes include mental health reform, drop-out prevention, electric cars legislation, and retention of community school buildings.
I founded TreeHouse (non-profit for foster children) and have served on the boards of the Phinney Neighborhood Center, First Place, and Ballard Family Center, etc.