Candidate for Resident Seat, 2021 - 2024
Why are you interested in serving on the WA Board of Directors?
I moved to Whittier in December 2019, by chance, coming from NJ, but immediately fell in love with the community. I want to serve as a way of using my talents to best support our neighborhood - I want everyone to love Whittier and feel welcomed here.
What experiences, talents, or perspectives do you possess that you feel would be an asset to the Whittier Alliance?
My experience as a teacher and as a nonprofit professional have given me the patience, stamina, and creativity to bring complex, bureaucratic processes to people in a compelling narrative, to engage people in the nitty gritty and generate ideas.
Describe any experiences you’ve had in serving the neighborhood and/or larger community. (Volunteer positions, committees, organizations, businesses, etc.)
In trying to acquaint myself with my neighbors, I had the opportunity to help organize a Night Out for Safety and Liberation, to bring the community (kids and adults) together to share how we all envision safety - it's about each other!
Within a world riddled with injustices and disparities, the above is a big undertaking. As an organization, the Whittier Alliance is trying, failing, progressing, learning and growing in these pursuits of equity and inclusion. However big or small, how would you support these efforts as a board member?
I think one of the best ways to support efforts toward justice, especially as a POC, is to lend your voice. When we dialogue with all voices at the table, we can draw up the best path forward. We must learn from our community, look inward, and share power.