Let’s Get Acquainted….
Hello! It’s wonderful to meet you. I am running for office because I love my home state of Colorado and I’m proud of my community in House District 5. Denver is going through a lot of changes right now and I want to ensure that it remains a vibrant city where businesses can thrive, families can prosper and young professionals can find good jobs. At the same time, I believe that we need to retain affordable housing options, a diverse community, and a safe environment for individuals to succeed.
Cultivating My Principles
Denver’s recent history is the story of a humble mountain town transforming into a national leader as part of the new economy. My story is the story of so many Coloradans—one of humble beginnings that sparked a passion for progressive values.
My mother was a public elementary school teacher. My father served as a police officer before becoming an estimator at a construction company. They set an example of public service and I am proud to be following in their footsteps. My sister is an incredible single mother who works full-time in real estate and inspires me every day as she experiences the rewards and struggles of raising a toddler by herself.
I graduated from high school at Battle Mountain in Eagle County, Colorado, where I grew up surrounded by the stunning nature that defines our state. I received my Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and my Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University, before returning to Colorado, where I call home.
I was raised with a respect for hard work and entrepreneurship, and I have the experience to translate those values into action. If I am elected, I will be able to make a difference for YOU.
Living My Principles
I have been a progressive leader and advocate for my entire career. I have championed causes including energy, environment and women’s rights on both the local and national stage.
I have dedicated most of my career to energy and environmental issues. I currently work as the Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs at Sunnova Energy Corporation, a solar energy service provider that operates across the U.S. Before that, I spent five years working on energy policy at SolarCity. In these roles, I have worked closely with business and industry leaders, nonprofits, and state and federal policymakers and regulators, to craft and implement policies that provide a more stable, sustainable business environment for solar electricity generation.
Policy positions at the World Bank, the British Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Taxpayers for Common Sense, and Earthworks have made my experience as a progressive advocate more diverse. I’m an expert at navigating government bureaucracy in order to move critical policies forward. But more importantly, I have the perspective to understand the needs and values of my community.
Finding My Role Models
During my career, I have had the good fortune to work with a number of strong female legislators. I served as a press secretary for U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and have worked as a Legislative Director for New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (D-NY). Although I have always been a committed Democrat, my experience working for a progressive, moderate Republican gave me an important lesson in the importance of collaborating and finding common ground with people from all parties and backgrounds in order to be an effective policymaker. And serving an ethnically and economically diverse district in Manhattan gave me experience with the challenges facing urban areas that have a long-established population as well as a consistent influx of new residents.
My experience working for strong women leaders inspired me to found Women in Solar Energy, a national non-profit dedicated to supporting and advancing the careers of women in traditional, male-dominated STEM fields.
Working for You
Denver is in a unique period of growth and opportunity and I have the experience to ensure we can grow the economy without leaving behind what makes Denver great: Its people, its spirit and its natural beauty.
I would be honored to have your support during my campaign and your vote during both the primary and the general elections in 2018. If you are interested in volunteering to help me out, let me know! If you’d like to donate, you can do that here. And if you have any questions for me or you want to talk about issues that are important to you, you can reach me at 720.441.5103 or email@example.com. I’d love to hear from you!