I'm in my fourth year of service representing the Chittenden County district. I have sponsored legislation in health care, education, and social justice, including making Indigenous People's Day permanent and amending the Constitution to clarify the abolition of slavery.
I serve on the Health & Welfare Committee in the Senate, and we have tackled health care delivery reform, payment reform, workforce development, and public health measures. When COVID hit, we wrote emergency measures to help address the crisis.
I also serve on the Senate Education Committee, and we have overseen changes from big ones like school district consolidation, to smaller changes like guaranteeing first amendment rights to student newspapers.
I'm the Chair of this advisory committee made up of advocates, government workers, and legislators. We come up with recommendations for legislation and political tools to lift children and their parents out of poverty.
I am the Co-Chair of this Legislative Caucus, which includes advocates for issues affecting POC and the LGBTQ+ community. We advance legislation to make Vermont more fair and equitable.
After serving 6 years on the Williston Planning Commission, I ran for Selectboard and served two three-year terms, overseeing smart growth measures and creation of our Stormwater Mitigation program.
I identify as a lesbian and use she/her pronouns. I have previously been endorsed by the Victory Fund and attended the Victory Institute Leadership summit in DC. I love to be a role model for our LGBTQ youth, especially on Outright Day at the Statehouse.
I have been the Executive Director of Vermont Interfaith Action—a faith-based community organizing group of inclusive, compassionate congregations of many faiths—for 13 years, working for social justice locally, statewide, and across the country on issues like the following:
Far too many Vermonters pay 30%, or even 50% or more, of their income on their housing, leaving little income for other necessities. I've been working to increase housing units, subsidies, and supports.
In my organizing, the work group I facilitate has focused on preparing those incarcerated for release, so they will succeed and not recidivate. Needed: jobs, housing, mentors.
Over 65,0000 Vermonters are food insecure, and 18,000 of these are children. The group I work with has created Restaurant Roundup to raise funds to give to organizations working in food security.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and initiating paid family and medical leave are two of the goals to creating a moral economy that values the dignity of all people.
I've been consulting with Parents and Youth for Change for 6 years, as they organize former refugees in Burlington and Winooski to press their schools to better meet their needs.
We pay too much for our insurance, and emphasize primary care and prevention too little. The ACA was a good start, and my organizing work helped get us there. Now I'm working with others for more.
I moved to Hollywood as a graduate of Stanford University's Communication program to produce movies and television. Life took me down a different path eventually, but I made some films of which I'm quite proud and still do video work today!
I produced this short narrative film here in Vermont, telling the story of youths being bullied because of their sexuality and the high price of bullying that one young man manages to avoid.
Time travel was never so nostalgic in this short film I produced during my Hollywood days—a film that was a finalist for the Academy Award for Live Action Short.
I wrote, produced, and directed almost 20 promotional and nonfiction videos for non-government organizations working in poverty alleviation in the country of Bangladesh across seven years.