I grew up on Long Island in New York. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of New York at Plattsburg. I came to Minnesota to attend graduate school to study the teaching of teachers and was a teaching assistant for College of Education classes concerning the nature of predjudice. I worked in the Palace Theater and with the In the Heart of the Beast Theater on their two tours of the circle of water circus. I was the arts representative for neighborhood groups and have seved as President of the Neighborhood Groups in Cedar Riverside and Seward. My interest in restoration ecology and making local politics empowing for residents made me interested in the Park Board.
I have been a factory worker, a teacher, a community organizer, a cook, and for decades, built the downtown holiday and flower shows. I was a publisher of a neighborhood newspaper and am now working on publishing children's books.
I am passionate about parks and how important they are for making this a great place to live, work, and play. It is a complex system that has evolved over the past decade to meet the needs of a diverse city with many challenges. It is critical that we connect children to nature and build a city where you don't have to leave to find nature and a sustainable ecosystem. Racial equity is aslo critical to our city. The Park Board is implementing a plan to build a racial equity lens into all our work. Our work on data driven asset management and on ecological systems planning are essentail to a well managed park system. Our agreement with the city of Minneapolis to fund the rebuilding of our neighborhood parks is a major accomplishment that shows the importance of our park system, past, present and future.
I am an advocate of critical thinking and an ability to understand those with different perspectives.
As a Park Board Commissioner, I serve on boards and commissions that help shape this city. I am honored to do this work. I serve on the following:
Minneapolis Planning Commissiom
Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
Saint Anthony Falls Hertige Board
Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership
Government Alliance for Racial Equity
Minnesota Forest First Protectors
Minneapolis Transgender Task Force
The photo is from the Heart of the Beast Sun Flotilla on Mayday.
My favorite work is volunteering to teach art and paper engineering in kindergarten classes.
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