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. 

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 goals


  • Champion parks and natural spaces; prioritize completion of the park's 6-year capital improvement plan
  • Provide safe roads, sidewalks  and bike paths + enhance all public transportation options
  • Broaden regional outreach to ensure Sammamish resident's interests are represented
  • Leverage my experience in child and youth advocacy to serve our youngest community members 
  • Utilize my business background to ensure prudent and transparent  management of funds

It's time to get Sammamish moving and press ahead with common sense  initiatives to ensure that our community is the home we're proud to leave the next generation.


Washington Conservation Voters

National Women's Political Caucus

45th LD

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 provides 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 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-level roles:  

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

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