I grew up in Gresham, Oregon and attended Gresham High School. I attended Mt Hood Community College 1 year, Anchorage Community College my 2nd year, and graduated from the University of Oregon, with a BS in Economics with a focus in Urban and Resource Economics. I went on to complete a post-bac program in accounting at Portland State University. My work experience includes Public Accounting/audit, tax preparation, and work in Wood Products, Banking and Manufacturing industries. I have additional training in Non-violent Communication and Permaculture, concepts that influence my work and interactions. I have a talent for communicating financial and related information in a clear, user friendly format. Relevant accomplishments and personal information: • CPA & Small business owner for 26 years • Past member of the Conflict Resolution Committee of the Oregon Society CPAs • Chairperson of the Harvest Festival for Portland Village Charter School • Parent volunteer managing school fundraisers, including accounting for funds • Single parent of 2 sons: Adam 26, Jonah 18, as well as 1 wonderful Golden Retriever, 1 cat and 1 bearded dragon • “Cross pollinator” : I enjoy meeting new people and sharing insights and information My hobbies include gardening, camping, canoeing, biking and reading.
I am a life long Democrat. This year I was a delegate for the district convention, active with Bernie Pdx, participated with phone banking, canvased for Yes on 97 and campaigned for Chole Eudaly for City Council. I was appointed a PCP for HD 42 in September 2016. As a new PCP, I distributed slate cards and attended all recent events for MCDCC and HD 42. As a dedicated PCP and a CPA with 36 years of experience, I look forward to utilizing my professional expertise to support progressive values and the activities and mission of the Multnomah County Democratic Party.
Vision for the Multnomah County Democratic Party
I am excited to be part of Multnomah Dems at this time in history. I expect it to be a time of challenge and perhaps frustration, but also a time of potential to develop new strategies, strength and resilience to promote programs that improve peoples lives. I support an organizational structure that is respectful, transparent and inclusive. I will assist in encouraging more engagement and collaboration among all our members and our community. I want to see us get a lot done and have fun while we do it. I see us increasing our outreach, communication and involvement with our community through a variety of activities, including community service and public events. I'd also like to see us involved with local high schools, promoting civic interest and engagement as well as listening to students, hearing their perspective and concerns related to politics and community life.