A bit more about me

 

I grew up in southern California and moved to Saint Paul in 2001 with my family at the age of 15. As a kid, I watched my parents struggle to make ends meet and fulfill the promise of the American Dream that brought them to this great nation. We were like a lot of immigrant families, struggling to navigate systems that were not meant to include us. As the oldest of five kids, I had to grow up quickly and set an example for my brothers and sisters. I was proud to be the first person in my family to graduate from Harding High School and graduate from college.

I put myself through college working two full-time jobs. I worked as a personal care attendant for children and individuals with developmental and physical disabilities and as a restaurant server making just $2.25 an hour.  I’ve had to support myself and my dreams for a higher education on a paycheck that sometimes totaled less than $10 a shift. I know firsthand that poverty wages and unpredictability are no way for our us to build prosperity.

In 2012, I joined Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s re-election campaign as a field organizer. I worked to elect Congresswoman McCollum and DFLers in Saint Paul, Ramsey County,  and the East Metro. Over the next four years, I had the honor of serving the people of the 4th Congressional District in official and campaign capacities. I saw first hand the impact that government can have on those it serves and that people need and deserve to be heard about the issues that affect them. After the 2016 election, I made the decision to serve my community in a different way.

I transitioned from a volunteer to staff, serving victims/survivors at SOS – Sexual Violence Services, a division of Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health. I became the agency’s first Systems Advocacy Coordinator with a focus on identifying gaps and eliminating barriers in the civil and criminal legal systems on behalf of the individuals we serve.  I counsel victims, who are overwhelmingly women, adolescents, and children, to ensure they have access to the support, information, resources, and medical services they need and deserve.

Working with victims and survivors of sexual violence is challenging and emotionally grueling, but it is also so inspiring to work with people who are so resilient in the face of unimaginable pain. It’s a daily reminder to me that we are so much more than our worst experiences and that lifting up our most vulnerable neighbors ensures that we all can all achieve our full potential.

I currently rent an apartment with my three cats Petunia, Jerry and Chico in the Cathedral Hill Neighborhood of Ward One. I, like many of us, made the choice to make Ward One my home.

I look forward to hearing your stories and vision for St. Paul, so that we can work together to provide solutions and create real change for Ward One and the city of St. Paul.

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