Marketing & Brand Strategist, Community Organizer
1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?
I bring many years as a community organizer and advocate, most recently having served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Midsouth Peace & Justice Center. I've also organized around issues such as reproductive rights, a living wage, transit, and housing. In my professional life, I manage multi-million dollar accounts for global clients. I understand the necessity of diplomacy, of compromise, of innovative thinking, and of the need for integrity and accountability in all matters. I regularly bring stakeholders with a common goal but somehow disparate priorities to the table to gain consensus and move forward. Shifting back to a personal lens, I'm a working mother of an elementary school child. I want her to know a Memphis that is truly full of equitable opportunities for her and her peers - and to give them a reason to call Memphis home as adults.
2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?
Education and Infrastructure. We owe ALL of our children a quality education today so that they can properly decide what their tomorrows look like. We have to face the evolving workforce - and its challenges and requirements - head on and prepare our young people accordingly. That also requires infrastructure - roads, transit, housing, utilities - that are prepared for the future versus what we have now, which is crumbling around us. Not only does this require more transparency in government spending and perhaps a reallocation of resources, but it also requires elected officials to responsibly guide public-private partnerships and ensure every route available to us is aggressively pursued. Be it grants, TIFs, PILOT reform, or investments/trusts - we're simply not doing everything we can in the way we should now.
3. How do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process of this office?
I want to make City Hall the People's Hall again. I will be an elected official that is in my communities year-round - not just during an election cycle. I will host regular office hours and regular town halls to stay abreast of what's happening across Super District 8. It's ambitious given the size of the district, but it's necessary. By being consistently available and present, I will be able to see challenges and victories in real-time and be able to proactively solve for what is necessary. Finally, this is such a seemingly small thing but it matters: as a current constituent of the incumbents in District 4 and Super District 8, I have contacted their offices via phone and email countless times over the last 3.5 years and not once - not ever - have I received a response. My office will have a 100% response rate for constituent contact logs. I will never lose sight of who I work for.