What do you love about the Summit-University neighborhood? Lots of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Great neighborhoods with great parks. Walkability. Good mass transit options with 21A bus and green line. The historic character and beauty of many buildings, Diversity- i.e. mix of people from many backgrounds and cultures.
How have you been involved in community service in the past? I have always been active in my church. Before moving to the Cathedral Hill neighborhood of St. Paul, we lived in Cottage Grove, Woodbury and then in the Lowertown neighborhood of St. Paul. I was active as a volunteer for rec programs (coach), Boy Scouts and in campaigning for local candidates. While living in lowertown I consistently volunteered fro neighborhood clean-up of Mears Park and the surrounding neighborhood.
Please tell us why you are running for the SUPC Board: I am semi- retired and now have more time to volunteer to help my community. I want to make a difference. I want to see our neighborhoods thrive. I want my neighborhood to embrace diversity in all its forms so that everyone has access to great places to live, go to school, work and play. We need to preserve what is beautiful and unique about Summit-University while embracing change that allows us all to live in a vibrant, diverse and healthy community.
Please tell us a little bit about how you would contribute to the SUPC board: I am an attorney. I retired from the League of Minnesota Cities where I represented Minnesota Cities in litigation for more than 30 years. I am currently an Adjunct Professor at Mitchell-Hamline School of law where I have taught since 2007. I would hope that my 30 plus years of experience working with and for cities; helping them solve problems will provide me with some insight into both problems that neighborhoods face and possible solutions. I will bring experience, a strong interest in helping neighborhoods and cities thrive, a whole lot of energy and a strong desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others.