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

August 2023

Briefly describe what you do in your role with GTCF

As a member of GTCF's Board of Directors, my colleagues and I provide governance and oversight for the organization. Prior to joining the Board, I began volunteering with GTCF back in 2011 as a member of the Youth Philanthropy Board.

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

I am a proud, lifelong Parklander. I am excited to help realize GTCF's mission to serve all of Pierce County by advocating for Parkland and other unincorporated communities in the County.

What other jobs or positions have you held?

Prior to joining Blue Zones, I led a 10-year career in the nonprofit sector which centered on institutional philanthropy with a particular focus on education equity and community development (and began at GTCF as a Grants Liaison)! I currently serve on the Amara and Sound Outreach boards of directors and previously have served on the Grand Cinema and Pierce County Library Foundation boards, as well as the Parkland-Spanaway-Midland Land Use Advisory Commission and Pierce County Conservation Futures Citizens Advisory Board.

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

I have the great privilege of serving my community as an elected official, currently as the President of the Board for the Franklin Pierce School District, my alma mater. Perhaps my favorite part of the academic year is getting to hand out diplomas to our graduating seniors.

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

If I'm not out in Parkland, you can probably find me catching a movie at the Grand Cinema.

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

Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire which helped solidify my understanding that education has the potential to be our society's ultimate liberator.