This page will give you some information about my experience and skills.
My work experience since graduate school has been in public health and social services. My first job was researching and writing healthcare legislation as staff for the Maryland House of Delegates Health Committee. From Annapolis I went to Washington DC where I wrote the regulations to protect Medicare beneficiaries from being denied care because of pre-existing conditions, and rules to make sure that doctors couldn't unfairly profit off of seniors. Eventually I moved to the Office of Vice President Al Gore and became a state liaison for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
After almost 15 years away it was time to come home to Alameda. As the first Senior Services Administerator for the City of Oakland I developed many lasting partnerships to support vulnerable older adults. As a result of the work I did on the “Oakland Moving Forward” Community Task Force Mayor Dellums and the Oakland City Council established the first senior centers to serve monolingual Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish-speaking seniors.
After settling down closer to my family here in Alameda, my partner David and I welcomed our son Julian. Julian was a great campaigner and his smiling face helped me to win a seat on the Alameda Board of Education.
The work of the school board was similar in some ways and very different from my work on the administration side of government policy, but I quickly utilized my children and healthcare experience to develop the District's first targeted Student Wellness Policy.
When I was appointed to the board of Alameda Community Food Bank in 2009, and to the Elder Care Alliance board soon after, I decided to step off of the School Board after two terms to focus on my position in Oakland and governance work with local social service agencies. In 2013 I was appointed to the Alameda Healthcare District (AHCD) board, and I won election to fill the seat in 2014. In 2014 I became the first AHCD director to be seated on the Alameda Health System (AHS) board. During 8 years as an AHS and AHCD board member I have used my skills as Vice President of the board, leading AHS into fiscal solvency, improving quality of care at Alameda Hospital, and ensuring that AHS completed the new cafeteria at Alameda Hospital. I am very proud of the trust shown by the Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, when she reappointed me to the AHS Board following the dismissal of the majority of the Board and the resignation of CEO Delvecchio Finley.
In all of these public positions my focus has been on supporting children, youth, families and seniors. In every volunteer board position from the Alameda school board to the California Association of Healthcare Districts I have demonstrated integrity, transparency and vision.
These are the qualifications I will use to move Alameda forward as a City Council leader.