I’ve lived in San Diego since 1976 and I grew up right here in District A.
My family moved to University City in 1979 and I attended Spreckles Elementary before moving to Mira Mesa in 1983 where I attended Mason Elementary, Wangenheim Junior High, and Mira Mesa High School.
I know first-hand how a quality education makes a difference.
I had amazing teachers who inspired me to do more and instilled a love of learning. This love of learning set the foundation for me to successfully earn a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University and later a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of San Diego and finally a Doctorate Degree in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego.
What my education provided me the most was the opportunity to succeed professionally and personally.
Professionally, I honed my management and leadership skills as a nonprofit executive, now consultant, helping nonprofit organizations strengthen and grow their programs and services to better serve their communities. I've worked with organizations like American Red Cross San Diego/Imperial Counties, MANA de San Diego, UCAN, and the San Diego Workforce Partnership, to name a few.
My education also allowed me to become a part-time professor teaching graduate level courses at the School of Leadership and Sciences at the University of San Diego (USD) and Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). I combine research and real-world experience in my teaching and my areas of expertise are board governance and regulation as well as earned income such as social enterprise, in nonprofit and government organizations.
On a personal level, my education helped me to serve my community as a former board member of the Citizen’s Review Board on Police Practices for the City of San Diego, the Clairemont Town Council, and several nonprofit organizations.
Currently, I'm a board member for Holmes Elementary and Marston Middle School Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) as well as on the School Site Councils (SSC) and School Governance Teams (SGT) at both schools. I also serve as the Board President for a local nonprofit music school, Recreational Music Center.
But, I have to say what I’m most proud of is being married to a wonderful husband for the last 23 years and being a parent to three amazing children. And, it’s because of my children, and their classmates, that I’m running for school board. I’m not convinced that they are reaching their full potential with how the district is currently performing.