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When did you start working with Greater Tacoma Community Foundation (GTCF)?

January 2024

Briefly describe what you do in your role with GTCF

In my Board of Directors role at the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, I bring a wealth of experience from serving on various boards and in volunteer roles, particularly in addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) related equity gaps. My background in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, and inclusive policy development uniquely positions me to contribute significantly to the foundation's mission of building a racially equitable, accessible, and inclusive Pierce County. I am dedicated to ensuring that our initiatives and funding opportunities resonate, support and are accessible to all communities in Pierce County, particularly those historically underrepresented and underserved.

What is the most exciting part of your role with GTCF?

What excites me most about my role as a Board Member at the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation is the opportunity to actively engage in a mission that resonates deeply with my expertise and passion for DEIA. The foundation's commitment to being a catalyst for change, particularly in areas such as racial equity, access to capital, and building generational wealth, aligns perfectly with my experience in fostering inclusive environments and addressing equity gaps.

What other jobs or positions have you held?

In my diverse community roles, I have consistently championed diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA). These commitments have been exemplified through my leadership in DEIA initiatives, both professionally and as a volunteer. I've played strategic roles in campaign management, leveraging my skills in community engagement and advocacy to effectuate tangible change and amplify underrepresented voices. A highlight of my journey has been serving as president of the African American Community College Trustees Association, a national organization where I led efforts to foster inclusive educational environments and policies. Additionally, my tenure on various boards has allowed me to influence policy development and strategic decision-making through a DEIA lens.

Outside of GTCF, what enjoyable activity do you engage in? What brings you joy?

The moments outside of work, when I'm simply 'mom' and 'wife,' are what bring me the most joy. Each visit to a children's museum, and every science exhibit we explore together adds a memorable chapter to our family's journey. The opportunities we have to explore new places and connect deeply with each other mean everything to me. In every shared adventure and every quiet cuddle, I am profoundly grateful for these moments because they remind me of what truly matters as we navigate our lives together.

What activity, place, or event do you recommend other people check out in Pierce County?

Point Defiance Park in Tacoma really holds a special place in my heart. It was right here, on our very first date, that my husband showed me the beauty of Pierce County. It instantly reminded me of the times back in my hometown of Vancouver, especially those days at Stanley Park. The lush greenery, the scenic views, the peaceful paths at Point Defiance – they bring back all those memories. Just like Stanley Park was a big part of my childhood, Point Defiance has become a symbol of love, nature, and new beginnings in my life.

What is the most inspiring book that you have read and why?

Right now, 'Lies My Teacher Told Me' by James W. Loewen is a book that really resonates with me. The book examines of how American history is often misrepresented in education and powerfully aligns with DEIA principles. Loewen's critique of the traditional narratives, which frequently overlook or distort the contributions and experiences of diverse groups, sheds light on the necessity of inclusive and equitable representation in education and reveals how the omission and misrepresentation of facts can shape perceptions and contribute to systemic inequities.