As the co-chair of PA's Education Committee, my interests currently focus primarily on our public schools. It is my belief that the promotion of quality public education is the cornerstone to equality in our city. I believe that equal access to an excellent public education is a current crisis in our state and our country. Privatization and abysmal public school funding are threatening to rob our most vulnerable citizens of this right, and I feel strongly in fighting for public education as a central progressive platform in the PA.
I am also am advocate for, and work within, the LGBTQ community as a therapist specializing in gender identity. I serve on the advisory board for Bull City Schools United, which works on education and advocacy for LGBTQ youth in the Durham Public Schools, with a focus on the intersectionality of race, socioeconomic status, sexuality and gender identity. I have had the opportunity before moving back to Durham 9 years ago, to work in environmental advocacy, direct service with homeless youth, and in community mental health, and have lived in the midwest, west, and northeast.
I am very happy to be back in my hometown, involved my community, working as a private practice psychologist, and raising my six year old daughter here.