In 2017, I was elected to serve my first term as a Dearborn City Council member and am currently running for re-election. Throughout my first term, I have been a strong advocate for equality and inclusion, and have supported public safety and public health measures to care for our residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. From securing grant funds to provide 700 seniors in city housing with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to voting to fund the city’s vaccine clinic, I have worked diligently to keep our residents safe and informed.
My full-time work is in the field of education at the University of Michigan’s central campus. As the Lead for Democratic Engagement, I work with students to promote understanding across the political spectrum, focus on increasing student voter registration and prepare students to take the lead on pressing issues. I also manage the Big Ten Voting Challenge which spans all fourteen schools in the Big Ten Conference. In this capacity, I work with staff and students across the country to increase voter turnout via nonpartisan education and voter registration.
Growing up, I attended Dearborn Public and Catholic Schools, and graduated from St. Alphonsus High School. After earning my Bachelor’s degree from UM-Dearborn, I moved to New York City to become a middle school special education teacher and complete a Master’s degree in Education. My heart was always in Dearborn, and I returned home after several years to contribute to my community.
From 2014-2017, I served as a member and Chair of the Dearborn City Beautiful Commission. In addition to recognizing outstanding properties and encouraging students to ‘clean up, paint up, fix up,’ I also coordinated neighborhood clean-up programs. As a member of Dearborn’s Downtown Promotions Committee, I collaborated with residents and business owners to plan events that bridge our business districts and make use of public spaces. Bringing homeowners, students and business owners together inspired my first run for City Council rooted in the belief that when we come together, we can create positive change.
As a Councilwoman, I have been a voice for progress. My work has been centered around understanding community needs, and responding in a way that enhances quality of life and access to resources. It would be my honor to continue to serve the residents of our great city, and I humbly ask for your vote in the August 3rd primary!