What do you love about the Summit-University neighborhood?
I love the diverse perspectives and vibrant culture the Summit-University has to offer. Some of my favorite restaurants or cafe's include Golden Tyme Coffee, Bangkok Thai Deli and Heritage Tea House; it's always nice to go places where people know your name and you feel like you're at home. Whether I'm walking the trails, riding my bike or cruising the neighborhood in my car, there's always a bit of nostalgia for me along with a sense of hope.
How have you been involved in community service in the past?
I've been involved in community service for the past 30 years. Whether it was serving on neighborhood youth councils, task forces for the Mayor and Speaker of the House, high school class leadership, district councils, City Council task forces or City boards. I firmly believe in building the community, by serving the community.
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board:
Born and raised in St. Paul's Rondo Community with a generational legacy in community service in my family -- As a mother and concerned resident, I look for opportunities to not only serve my community but make an impact on a systemic level. I want our elders to feel safe walking in our neighborhood, kids to enjoy playing outdoors and for the community as a whole to take pride in where they live. I'm excited to see some of the revitalization taking place in our community. And, I continue to advocate for engagement with residents for every facet. Folks want to feel like they belong, but more importantly like they've had a say in shaping the future. This is the core of community - finding common unity. I'm proud to live and serve the people of Summit-University as a board member of the District 8 Planning Council, and as a representative of Ward 1 on the Neighborhood STAR Board for the City of St. Paul.
Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board:
I've had the pleasure of serving on the board for the past four years, and as vice chair for the past two years. I would love the opportunity to continue to serve the Summit-University neighborhood and help lead our constituents through some of the vast changes that are scheduled over the next few years, including the reconstruction of the Dale Street bridge.