University District Development Officer, The University of Memphis
1. What qualifications and experience do you bring to this office?
As an economic development professional and community servant, I have the critical skills necessary to be an effective City Council person. I serve as Vice President of the East Buntyn Historic District Neighborhood Association, City of Memphis Youth Guidance Commission, Leadership Memphis, and I received the HARC Angel Community Service Award in 2018. I manage a development corporation and work daily to improve the eight neighborhoods surrounding the main campus of The University of Memphis. In this role, I work with a diverse set of community stakeholders to grow our economy and eliminate blight and litter. I love Memphis and look forward to working hard on the City Council.
2. What do you see as the top two issues facing this office and how do you plan to address these issues?
The two most serious issues in Memphis are crime and growing our economy. Crime, especially violent crime, is entirely too common. We must continue to build up the Memphis Police Department by hiring more officers and giving them the tools and technology they require to do the job. Having the proper level of police staff (2,400) will allow officers to conduct more community policing, getting to know the people they serve. Crime affects Memphis in so many ways, including holding back our economy. We must get serious about recruiting high-paying jobs to our city so that our citizens can escape poverty. As an economic development professional, I work each day to grow our economy, recruit businesses and jobs, and eliminate blight.
3. How do you plan to involve citizens in the decision making process of this office?
From serving on my neighborhood association, to running a development corporation, I communicate each day with community stakeholders and citizens. I am a team player and believe communication is key. While making any decision, I will consult the neighbors and citizens who will be affected. I am always accessible and will encourage citizens to call, text, or e-mail me directly. My cell number is 901-308-7696 and my e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.