Represents: 1st Ward
Term: Jan 2020 - Dec 2023
On October 1, 2018, I was appointed by a unanimous vote of the sitting Council Members to fill the at-large position left vacant when Roxanne Murphy resigned. On November 5, 2019, I was elected to serve as the Ward 1 Representative.
I currently serve as the Council President Pro Tempore and as Chair of the Climate Action Committee. I also serve as a member of the Public Health, Safety & Justice Committee and the Parks & Recreation Committee. In addition, I serve as the liaison with the Airport Advisory Group, Bellingham and Meridian School Districts, Franchise Working Group, Lake Whatcom Policy Group, Opportunity Council, and our Sister Cities.
A Call to Serve"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give."- Winston Churchill
My family and I have always been engaged in the community. Individually and collectively, we provide volunteer hours and a helping hand to our friends, neighbors, schools, non-profit organizations, and local businesses whenever possible. Bellingham is our home and we have a vested interest in the health and wellbeing of the entire community.
I am mindful that my service in public office is a privilege. The issues facing the City Council are issues that matter to me, my family, and our community - housing, homelessness, economic development, education, and the environment. "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."- Martin Luther King Jr.
The City Council is responsible for setting public policies, adopting long-range plans, approving the budget and taxes, and passing laws that benefit and protect all residents of Bellingham. However, the high quality of life that Bellingham purports to offer is not currently accessible to all who live and work in our fine city. There is important work to be done and I am ready to roll up my sleeves, reach out to residents, and engage with the community. As a council member, I aim to be responsive to concerns and transparent about the process. “It always seems impossible until it is done.”- Nelson Mandela
Education & Employment
I obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies and Spanish Language from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law. As an active member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) in good standing, my practice focuses solely on U.S. immigration and citizenship law. I have been a solo practitioner and Bellingham small business owner since 2007.
My husband and I relocated to Bellingham, WA from Chapel Hill, NC in May of 2005. We rented homes in Sudden Valley and the Sunnyland neighborhood before we purchased our first home in December of 2014. We currently live in the Columbia neighborhood with our two children - a 6th grader at Whatcom Middle School and a 9th grader at Bellingham High School.
I feel fortunate to be able to live and work in Bellingham. My family enjoys exploring this corner of the Pacific Northwest - from the slopes of Mt. Baker to the islands across the Bay. We are proud to call Bellingham home!