Together, we can put our best foot forward for Fairbanks and our greater community. With your support, we can thrive! I am ready to work to ensure economic stability, quality of life, and a future for our community.
Our community is home to a broad spectrum of voices and I believe a representative of the people must be open minded to progress, determined in vision and dedicated to the public process. I understand the values of our community to embrace diversity, transparency in government and quality of life. I am engaged in the community, committed to public service, and dedicated to the people of the borough. I believe I have contributed to the forward growth and development of the Fairbanks North Star Borough that will have a lasting positive impact through my community service and first term on the Assembly.
I believe local government is the most impactful form of public policy and community development. I am passionate about the positive growth of this community, I have been actively involved in borough matters for over ten years.
I've been a business agent and organizer for a local union, fighting for our local residents' right to earn a livable wage and enjoy a quality of life. I've worked for the Alaska State Legislature and as the first employee of the Interior Gas Utility. Today, I am the Executive Director of the Cold Climate Housing Research Center, a non-profit advancing building techniques for cold climates.
It has been my pleasure and honor to serve this community in all these capacities and as an Assembly member and presiding officer. I appreciate your vote of confidence in me.
FNSB Assembly, Seat C, Appointed July 2019 - current; elected Oct. 2019 - 2022
Presiding Officer 2020-2022
FNSB Climate Action Committee, Chair 2021- current
Alaska Municipal League Board member, 2021- current
Hutchison High School Construction Advisory Board Member, 2022 - current
Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee, 2021 - current
Fairbanks Economic Development Ex-Officio Board Member, 2021- current
Fabulous Feminist Fundraiser Planning Committee, 2017 - present
Fairbanks Central Labor Council, 2nd Vice President, 2018 - 2020
Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Education and Workforce Development Committee Member, 2018 - 2019
KUAC Public Radio Citizen's Advisory Committee, 2017 - 2020
Alaska Public Broadcasting Commissioner, Appointed July 2018 - Aug. 2019
Interior Democrats Regional Chair, Jan. 2018 - Aug. 2019
FNSB Planning Commission, Appointed Jan. 2016 - July 2019
Chair, 2017 - July 2019
FMATS Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, 2017 - July 2019
LiUNA Leadership I, Graduate 2018
AFL-CIO Organizing Training Institute, Graduate 2018
FNSB Urban Agriculture Subcommittee Member, 2017 - 2018
Week of the Arctic Media Team Member, 2017
Public Relations Society of America, Alaska Chapter
2014 - 2017
Fairbanks Police Citizen's Academy, Graduate 2016
Arctic Science Summit Week Volunteer, 2016
Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Military Appreciation Banquet Planning Committee, 2016
FEDC Young Professional Council, 2012 - 2016
Calypso Farms Board of Directors, 2011 - 2014
Leadership Anchorage, 2009
WHERE I STAND
The Interior has a strong history as a union community. I believe in the right for anyone to organize, and am a champion for workers to prevail in wages, benefits and productivity that serves the worker’s interests first. Unions are about putting the power in the hands of the people - at work and in their community, and I am proud to be union.
As a municipal government, let's follow the lead of communities all over the world and recognize that the changes to our environment and our climate are woven into everything we do. From maintenance on buildings, potholes, food, new construction, waste reduction, energy and jobs, all government planning must consider the impacts of a rapidly changing climate to ensure the plans are relevant for future generations.
COMMUNITY PLANNING & INFRASTRUCTURE
Investing in our infrastructure and a plan to develop the borough must reflect the character of the community. The FNSB would do well to focus community planning efforts to make the Interior more accessible in non-motorized ways: maintained sidewalks that encourage year-round pedestrian and cyclist activity, better connectivity between paths and trails, and more green space between vehicles and non-motorists.
Public education is a mandated government function of our constitution that must be provided and paid for as a collective. The quality of education we provide is a statement of our values and our dedication to the future. These values include curriculum that benefit students now and can be used as a foundation for greater learned skills. Evaluating the classroom and teaching techniques must be done continuously, and subject matters for our community must include relevance to Alaska subsistence and culture as well as job readiness.
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