I’m honored to serve as the Councilmember for Berkeley’s District 1, encompassing the northwest section of Berkeley including the Gilman District, Fourth Street shops, several major parks (Ohlone, Cedar Rose, and James Kenney), as well as the North Berkeley BART Station. I’m focused on creating a more vibrant, inclusive, and sustainable community for everyone. My priorities include addressing homelessness and the shortage of affordable homes, keeping our streets and public spaces clean, ensuring community safety, and addressing our long-term under-investment in infrastructure.
I serve on the Public Safety Policy Committee, where I am working with my Council colleagues to reimagine community safety in the aftermath of the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We must seize this moment to ensure that communities of color feel safe and valued here in Berkeley. We can’t rest until our policies and practices demonstrate that Black Lives Matter. I also serve on the Health, Life Enrichment, Equity & Community Policy Committee, where my focus is addressing homelessness using an evidence-based approach.
I also serve on what is known as the “3×3 Committee” of the Berkeley City Council and the Berkeley Housing Authority and as the liaison to the City’s Community Health Commission.
My husband George and I live around the corner from Totland with our young son, Austin. I came to Berkeley in 2010 to earn a Master of Public Policy from U.C. Berkeley. I then worked in Sacramento, where I advised the state legislature on health and social services programs and helped to secure overtime pay for low-wage home care workers. Most recently, I worked as a Finance Manager for San Francisco’s Human Services Agency, which provides safety net programs to low-income individuals and families.
We need to create homes to meet the needs of individuals and families at all income levels, with a special focus on homes for low-income communities.
We must recognize that homelessness is a regional challenge, and we need to coordinate with others to achieve lasting change.
I’m proud to lead the City’s efforts to comply with a new state law (AB 2923) that gives BART the ability to develop its parking lots.