I was born and raised in Santa Barbara County, attending Cabrillo High School in Lompoc. I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to study at some of our nation’s top educational institutions – first Wellesley College, then a Master’s Program in Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University, followed by New York University Law School. In between Harvard and NYU, I worked for a year in Afghanistan as Project Manager for Welthungerhilfe DE, helping rural and refugee families. But my heart is still in the Central Coast, so my husband and I were thrilled to return, with our daughter Maura, and make Santa Barbara our permanent home.
Nick and I are working parents. I practice law part-time, which allows me the flexibility to serve on the City Council and the California Coastal Commission, and Nick is a district attorney. We live in a rental apartment downtown, like so many other working families in Santa Barbara.
I have served on the Santa Barbara City Council since 2019 and am honored by the opportunity to represent District 6, working on behalf of residents and businesses in the District as well as for the City as a whole. In addition to my service on the Council, I was recently appointed by Governor Newsom to represent the Central Coast on the California Coastal Commission, ensuring that our values have a voice at the state level.
My philosophy on leadership and decision-making is simple: create policy that does the most good for the greatest number of people. I am particularly driven to support legislation that eases the burden on working families in our city. It is a struggle to stay afloat here, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made it harder: from soaring rents, to the enormously burdensome costs of childcare, to simply keeping the lights on and affording groceries. I am committed to doing everything we can to center the conversation on equity and the needs of our local families as we move through pandemic recovery.
I am also committed to moving our city forward aggressively to address key issues that have long been a problem, but that the pandemic has made even more urgent – issues like revitalizing our downtown, supporting local small businesses, addressing homelessness, and providing more housing that local residents and working families can actually afford. I am also eager to continue leading in the fight against climate change, and in ensuring government accountability to our community.
I am running for re-election because I want to continue working on these issues and making our local city government more responsive and effective. I would be honored to have your support on election day, November 2, 2021.