I moved to Montana when I was 23 to serve as an Americorps VISTA volunteer with the Montana Legal Services Association. Helena quickly became my home. After two years, I moved on to work as an organizer and advocate at Working for Equality and Economic Liberation before taking a position at the Montana Human Rights Network. I have worked there for 10 years and am now Co-Director. In Helena, I’ve had the opportunity to serve on boards and volunteer for many Montana organizations with missions to protect vulnerable Montanans, make education accessible, or promote our clean air, water, and public lands.
My partner Tara and I live in South Central Helena with our two (mostly) good dogs. We love what our neighborhood and our city have to offer: walking to work, taking our dogs up the trails of the south hills, enjoying amazing arts, and kayaking on nearby lakes. Along with our neighbors, we’ve reaped the benefits of all this community and this state have to offer. We want to ensure that Helena and Montana continue to be great places where we can live, work, and take care of our friends and families.
I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on policy initiatives that have improved the lives of Montanans and strengthened our state. Working with Helenans and Montanans all across the state, we raised the minimum wage for our lowest paid workers, increased access to healthcare through Healthy Montana Kids and Medicaid expansion, expanded protections for LGBT Montanans, and defended women’s reproductive rights. These efforts prove that we can accomplish so much when we work together. I am excited to be running for the Montana Legislature to bring my experience and passion for progressive policies and responsible government to the Capitol as a Representative from Helena.
I grew up on the west side of Cleveland, OH and earned my BA in Philosophy and Religion from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2001. I was the Business Operations Director for the Cleveland International Film Festival before moving to Montana in the summer of 2002. I’m happy to have called Helena my home for the last 13 years.