Thanks for stopping by! I was honored and proud to be elected to City Council in November 0f 2016. I ran because I believe that Pawtucket’s diversity is our strength. I don’t think that you should have to be an insider to get the attention of people in power.
I believe we are a better, healthier community when we embrace everyone who wants to participate, and when we look for new ways to engage each other.
As your City Councilor, I promise to welcome and include all of Pawtucket’s voices.
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I was born on November 18, 1983. I didn’t come from money, and my family always had to work hard to get by. My mother, Beth, taught biology in the public schools, and my father, Seth, built septic systems. As the oldest of three children, it often fell to me to look after myself and keep an eye on my siblings. I attended public high school and started waiting tables when I was fourteen.
Growing up, I quickly learned the value of hard work. But I also learned that hard work, when paired with good public options, is what really enables people to succeed. It was my public education that would help me get the scholarships that made college and then graduate school possible.
I fully believe that if you work hard you should be given a chance for success—and as a Democrat, I believe that those public schools and systems ensure that everyone has the chances that I had. We must invest in those systems.
I graduated cum laude from Smith College, and I hold a MA from the University of Chicago, and a PhD from Brown. I moved to Pawtucket when I was attending graduate school and I immediately fell in love with this community. I bought a house here, where I live with my spouse Tim. There is nowhere in the world that I would rather be.
I bring both policy and community organizing experience to my first term in office. I was a fellow at the Women’s Policy Institute in Rhode Island, a policy training program. I am a sociologist who writes books and articles about social change, and I teach college classes in the state prison and at UMASS Boston. A former counselor, I worked for several years with children in the foster care system. I am founder of two nonprofit organizations (including the Prison Op-Ed Project), and hold leadership positions on several local boards, including the Progressive Democrats of America, and the Sierra Club. I am a Committeewoman for the Rhode Island Democratic Party. I speak fluent Spanish.
I believe that the job of an elected official is to ensure our that our community is heard. We need to build an environment that encourages students to learn, families to live, and businesses to grow. We need to do so with energy and vision. I promise to always be accessible. I will always be willing to listen, and transparent about my decisions.
Teddy Roosevelt once said, “Do what you can, where you are, with what you have.”
We live in a remarkable city, filled with talented people. We have what it takes to make this an economically thriving, sustainable community.