For more than a decade, I have worked to strengthen the foundation of our community and make it a place where our families and neighbors can be proud to call home. As the representative of our community in the New York State Senate I will be able to continue this work on an ever greater scale and affect the kind of positive change needed to ensure the future success of Western New York.
Growing up in a small town as the daughter of a union welder I was shown the value of family, community and a hard work ethic. It is those values that have guided my career in public service and inspired me to give back to my community at every opportunity.
Over the past few years, I have served as the Executive Director of the Parkside Community Association. In this role I am an advocate for 2,500 residents, working to enhance their quality of life through crime prevention, traffic calming, fair housing advocacy and more. From pushing for traffic and safety changes, to holding absentee property owners accountable in housing court to prevent blight—I am fighting on behalf of our community every single day.
Prior to my work with the PCA I served as the community engagement coordinator for Planned Parenthood, and worked in municipal finance and budgeting through the City of Buffalo.
My work with the community extends beyond the PCA where I serve as a member of the Board of Directors for B-Team Buffalo. Each year we work with hundreds of volunteers to promote a lasting sense of civic pride in the Greater Buffalo area through high-impact, volunteer-driven events.
I have also been a constant advocate for regeneration and sustainable development. Just this past year, I was proud to work with a group of community stakeholders to bring Participatory Budgeting to the City of Buffalo—allowing city residents to have a direct vote on how their tax dollars are spent. I am also a proud a member of the Commercial Corridor Coalition which aims to increase communication and resource sharing between local business districts and community organizations, and the Amherst Chamber of Commerce Emerging Business Leaders public policy committee where I focus on legislative initiatives to ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for all of Western New York.
Achieving gender balance in government and the workplace has been a priority throughout all of my work. At the inaugural TEDXBuffalo Women event in 2013 I highlighted not only gender disparities in government and politics, but the work being done to correct this imbalance and strengthen the voice of women voters. Because of this advocacy, I was a recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County in 2015’s Women Who Move the City, the Changemakers 30 Under 30 Class of 2016, and the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women with their 2016 Woman of Courage, Character and Commitment Award.
I have a breadth of experience working toward the betterment of my community which provides me with a unique understanding of the needs and the challenges that we face as Western New Yorkers. I have spent my entire career working on behalf of the residents of Western New York and have found no greater reward than helping my community.
It’s time to put our community first again.
It’s time to think big. Vote Small.