What do you love about the Summit-University District? I love the walkability to the amenities of our St. Paul neighborhood, the ability to easily get to the co-op grocery, YWCA, restaurants, parks and lovely historic neighborhoods. I love the diversity of neighbors and housing options. Our neighborhood embodies what I think of as the best attributes of city living.
How have you been involved in your community in the past? I’ve no formal involvement to date but am a 12 year resident and happy to be living in our neighborhood and supporting our many businesses and community amenities.I’ve served on the board of our housing association and worked to establish a rain garden there in conjunction with our local watershed district. I’ve been a long-time member of the YWCA. I’m thrilled at the revitalization of Boyd Park with the new play structures and I visit several times a week with my wife and grandchild. I’ve attended both Juneteenth celebrations hosted there. I truly appreciate what Boyd Park adds to our neighborhood and want to insure that it remains vital in our community. I walk our neighborhood both night and day, attend the Wednesday concerts on Summit, pick up litter along Selby and surrounding streets. I play music in the park on occasion and professionally in local venues on Selby.
Please tell us about why you are running to join the SUPC Board: I want a safe, walkable, vibrant and diverse neighborhood and I will work hard to engage my neighbors and businesses to find out their hopes for and concerns about our community. I have a background in social work and education as well as music and business and want to use those skills and experiences to connect our residents with each other and with opportunities to influence decisions that determine the future of our St.Paul and our neighborhood in particular.
What do you love about the Summit-University District? The diverse population and the energy of the Board in collaboratively engaging to respond to community interests.
How have you been involved in your community in the past? Past Treasurer of the Summit University Planning Council. Currently participating at a weekly forum with St.Paul activists, business owners, state and local officials, and members of the press (past and present) to gather information and weigh in with speakers (legislators, non-profit public service administrators, artists, academics, and political pundits) on issues affecting the City of St.Paul as a whole.
Please tell us about why you are running to join the SUPC Board: I wish to work together with others to address mutual interests in Subdistrict F. I am trained and experiened in negotiation and mediation. I have advocated and prevailed in support of federal employees on claims brought under many labor contracts; and in administrative appeals before the Equal Employment Opprtunity Commission with regard to race, handicap, and religious discrimination. I have collaborated in grants writing; and have obtained funds from the State of Minnesota in support of Restorative Justice.
Particular interests include: Reactivate Rondo initiative Proposed reallocation/dedication space on Summit Avenue to accommodate a reenvisioned bike trail Restorative Justice Grants writing