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About Me

My background


I'm a mom with two great kids and a fabulous (and supportive!) husband, Phil. We've lived here for 25 years and have a deep connection to the community. My family also owns a 160 acre farm in Alberta. While not in King County, many of the challenges ranchers and farmers face here are similar, giving me a more nuanced perspective. I understand that regulatory burdens placed on farmers without offsetting technical and financial assistance puts rural lands at risk. 

BUSINESS SKILLS: In my professional life I'm known as an innovative marketing and business development pro with a track record of forging effective partnerships and instilling tight operational and fiscal controls.

I've been a director within Microsoft Research, a VP at AOL, and CEO of a search engine company. I've managed multi-million dollar budgets, and

my various leadership roles have given me full profit & loss experience and the ability to build consensus between disparate groups.


My top issues


  • Raise KCD's profile and increase the number of people who engage with KCD programs 
  • Increase the number of non-profit, tribal, and civic partnerships;  strengthen, measure and communicate the impact of these relationships to constituents
  • Broaden legislative outreach to ensure KCD is top-of-mind
  • Increase the number and impact of urban/rural land owner workshop participants
  • Leverage my experience in child-advocacy to help KCD reach under-served youth and at-risk populations
  • Utilize my business background to ensure prudent and transparent  management of funds

Let's maintain KCD's work-in-process, and press ahead with focused  initiatives to ensure that our community is the kind of home we're proud to leave the next generation.

Endorsed by the 31st LD Democrats

My civic engagement


 I am president of, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting conservation and sustainability efforts in the community. The group generates funds and guidance to Sammamish-based  volunteer organizations supporting stormwater stewardship, wildlife habitat, heritage gardens, parks & open space plus other sustainability efforts. I’ve fostered partnerships within King County as we work to complete our signature project: a 28-mile trail system. I’m in the process of becoming a Certified Wildlife Steward and manage the Sammamish Huddle, a group promoting well-researched environmental policy and activism. 

I’m a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for children in dependency and I’ve recently been appointed to the Children and Youth Advisory Board for King County.

Other board roles:  

 PTSA,  Eastside Girls Lacrosse, Cancer Lifeline, Atlas Assistance Dogs