I am a mother, a non-profit executive, and a proud progressive running for Greensboro City Council At-Large. Running for local office, particularly in an At-Large capacity is, to me, about belief in the power of diversity and community. I ask for your support, so, together, we can create change and move our city forward. To me, that is the only path forward - passionate leadership built on and with community.
Three years ago, I took over as the Executive Director of the Interactive Resource Center, a day center for people experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. When I applied for this position, I wrote the following in my cover letter:
I am a white Southerner, the daughter of a working class family with deep history in local textile mills. I grew up in a community fractured by racism and economic inequality in ways both subtle and direct. The KKK marched through my 4th grade classroom–because they could. I watched factories shut their doors and turn our community into an economic ghost town without jobs or resources. One of my earliest memories is of watching the Greensboro Massacre unfold on TV –I was five years old at the time. Now, more than three decades later, those early experiences framed my understanding of community and created the lens through which I work and live.
I have worked with communities in poverty my entire career. I believe in meeting people where they are, coming out of our professional comfort zones and providing services and support with dignity where they matter most. I know well the long and winding road toward healing and reconciliation in broken communities. I am and always will be a fierce and open-hearted ally of those who are disenfranchised and struggling for justice.
Those words have never been more true than they are today. My commitment to economic and social justice is built on lived experience.
In 2016, I was named the Greensboro News and Record Woman of the Year. I am the 2016 recipient of the Guilford Green Foundation’s Distinguished Leadership Award. In March 2015, I was featured as one of the Women Making a Difference in 1808 Magazine. I was recognized by the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro as a Community Game Changer in 2014.
I serve on the City of Greensboro Human Relations Commission and was recently appointed to the Greensboro Police Community Review Board. I am a founder of the Central Carolina Worker Justice Center.
We can't arrest our way out of mental illness or employ our way out of poverty without living wage employment. Public transportation, affordable housing and food insecurity must be priorities for our city. I know that our compassion won't solve these problems. But, our actions might - in fact, I believe they will when enough of us stand together and say that we absolutely will no longer accept a city that doesn't work toward the best interest of ALL her children - her black children, her poor children, her immigrant and refugee children, her LGBTQ children - the list goes on and on.
I believe that new leadership can better address the challenges that face our city. I understand the power of community and I know that with your help we can build the Greensboro that all our children deserve.
Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or want to support my campaign. I can't do this without you.