Why did you apply for a seat on the Council?
My primary interests are around transit and reducing disparities in the region. Transit, housing, and planning are all critical issues to drive the regional economy for the next decade. I was motivated to apply for a seat on the Council to help create a region in which your children and my children can all be successful.
What are you most looking forward to during your service at the Council?
I am looking forward to finding new ways to partner to make a measurable impact on transportation, transit and disparities issues.
Within the Council’s work areas, what do you think is most on the minds of people in your district?
District 3 is most interested in transportation, particularly roads, and parks.
What will be your priority focus area in 2019?
As Chair of the Management Committee, my priorities include ensuring that we spend our resources effectively and efficiently to get a good value for the money we spend at the Council. I also want to increase the Council’s business spend with businesses owned by women, people of color, and veterans using the MCUB and DBE programs, to ensure everyone is participating in our region’s strong economy.
What are the biggest changes you would you like to see in the region by 2040?
Our biggest challenge as a region is our growing labor shortage and stubborn disparities in the region. If we can solve the disparity problem, it will help solve the labor shortage problem and help our economy to grow at the rate that it should grow.
More personally, what do you like to do when you’re not working?
Most winter days you can find me at a hockey rink where I coach PeeWee and Squirt Teams. In the summer, I enjoy golfing and tending to my vegetable garden when I have time!