BA, Western Michigan University
I am a 20 year resident of Inglewood and East Nashville, have served on the Nashville Pride Board, HRC Steering Committee, LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the Tennessee Minority Supplier Development Council. Throughout my career, I have managed over $325 million and have actively worked to connect diverse businesses to major corporations, universities, and local government. I am a bold leader who effectively collaborates with other strong leaders to deliver results. At a time when Nashville is attracting major companies, we need leaders on the council who understand how to work with them.
First, our teachers, firefighters, police, and metro employees deserve their overdue cost of living adjustments. Next, District 7 has a unique commodity in Stratford STEM Magnet, which is the only non-charter science, technology, engineering, and math high school in the city. Through the Chamber of Commerce CEO Champions Program, I want the companies moving to Nashville work directly with our STEM scholars so they are primed for the technology segment jobs that are coming to the city not just now but in the future. Just this week, Amazon announced that they want to partner with MNPS. I was out in front of this issue and am glad to see them working with us. Third, the city needs housing density. I want to focus that density in areas where the infrastructure can sustain it, mainly along and adjacent to our corridor streets. I want all of us to understand where our tax dollars are going so that we can get our fair share in District 7 to achieve these goals.
We are Nashville-Davidson County, and residents outside of downtown Nashville feel neglected, as if “Nashville” does not include them. We are a city of neighborhoods. With the development and huge influx of tourism downtown we have to have a better focus on residents throughout the entire county. We need to ensure Nashville is a city for everyone, not just for our downtown. What I’m hearing in my district is that residents feel that they have built this city and are not getting a return on their investment. Funding for our schools, attainable housing, safe and walkable streets, reliable public transportation, and improved infrastructure are paramount as compared to further downtown investment. It is time to invest in, and preserve, the character and neighborly good will that makes Nashville-Davidson County an attractive place as it has always been. It is time to invest in the citizens within our neighborhoods and communities in District 7 and throughout the county.
Master's of Engineering - Vanderbilt University (2009); BS in Civil Engineering - Tennessee Tech University (2004)
Director of Operations - W&A Engineering
My experience - both professionally and working in the community, make me the best candidate for office. My background serving as a civil engineer allows me to understand zoning and development issues, while also understanding how to engage with multiple City departments and agencies. I regularly work with public works, planning and utility offices and understand how to help my neighbors resolve issues that may arise. I've also worked volunteering in our neighborhoods for years with the Inglewood Neighborhood Association, South Inglewood Neighborhood Association, Rosebank Neighbors and with Discover Madison. I've helped with and organized trash clean-ups, tree plantings, neighborhood dinners and more. Trusted leadership that's been earned and proven over time.
I will continue to work with my neighbors to create a high quality of life for all of us.
Education. Housing. Mobility. Working together with the School Board, we must discuss how we can fund our educational needs - from teachers, para-professionals, custodians, and bus drivers, to textbooks, facilities and other resources needed to provide for our children's education. As a City we have chronically under-funded our schools, and we need to make reparations to address that failure. Together we need to identify incentives and opportunities to provide housing options and density, such as along our urban corridors, to provide for more diversity and options. Finally, we've identified a lot of our infrastructure needs through multiple studies and master plans, including sidewalks, greenways, bike lanes and transit. They need steady and significant investments in order to make a real impact.
None of the above items are new, nor can they be accomplished alone. Instead, these are larger issues impacting all of our communities and together they have real impact.
My highest priorities are some of the most pressing items facing the public. While all issues facing a constituent are important to them, issues facing education, housing and mobility are fundamental to being able to engage and participate in society. The most important aspect of our education system is to ensure that our students can read at their grade level - if you can't read at graduation, then your likelihood of being an engaged citizen or finding quality employment are severely limited. Our housing is also very important - I'm apt to say "everyone must live somewhere". Oftentimes, that seems to be further and further away from where you may want to live in order to afford to live. Working on our mobility and transportation solutions goes hand-in-hand with housing, as being further away from employment or schools means dependable transportation is more important.