Term: Oct 2018 - Dec 2019
On October 1, 2018, I was appointed by a unanimous vote of the sitting Councilmembers to fill the at-large position left vacant upon Roxanne Murphy's resignation.
I currently serve as the Chair of the Justice Committee and as a member of the Finance, Personnel and Economic Development Committee and the Public Safety Committee. In addition, I serve as liaison with the School Districts, the Opportunity Council and the Whatcom Museum Foundation. I also serve as a member of the Homeless Strategies Work Group and as a proxy to the Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force.
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. We provide a helping hand to friends, neighbors, schools, non-profit organizations, and local businesses here in Bellingham whenever possible. This is our home and we have a vested interest in the overall health and collective achievements of the entire community. The issues facing the City Council are issues that matter to me, my family, and our community – issues such as 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.
I recognize that my family's capacity to volunteer is a privilege, and I am mindful that my service in public office is an even greater privilege. My motivation to serve as a councilmember is to be a voice for all residents of Bellingham – not only the wealthy and well-connected. The high quality of life that Bellingham purports to offer is not currently accessible to all who live and work in our fine city. I sought to serve to break the silence – the silence of apathy and the silence of suppression.
As a council member, I aim to be responsive to concerns and transparent about process. 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 at large.
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. As we set off cross country, I was 8 months pregnant with our first child, we had no jobs, and no place to live. We drove 3K miles with our pets and all our belongings in tow. When we arrived in Bellingham, we rented homes in Sudden Valley and in the Sunnyland neighborhood for nearly 10 years before we were able to make home ownership a reality. In December of 2014 we purchased our first home in the Columbia neighborhood where we live with our two children – a 5th grader at Sunnyland Elementary School and an 8th grader at Whatcom Middle School.
I feel extremely fortunate to call Bellingham my home – the place where my family can live, work, play and learn together!