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I have lived on Leland Street since 1999 with my husband and children, and we have truly enjoyed being a part of this community. We love this gracious neighborhood, with beautiful old trees, abundant green spaces, and traditional architectural style. In addition to being a great place to live, Chevy Chase boasts a civically engaged population, kind neighbors, and a broad mix of families from singles, to parents with young children, retirees, and multigenerational households. Having observed the evolution of our community over the past 20 years and experienced various stages of family transition, I think I have some perspective to offer the Town, and for this reason announce my candidacy for election to the Town Council in May 2021.
In addition to personal experience, I have relevant volunteer experience working with community members to shape and deliver on long-term goals. While my children were Montgomery County school students, I held various Board positions on the Rosemary Hills, Chevy Chase Elementary and Westland PTAs. From 2014-2017 I was a Cluster Coordinator for the B-CC Cluster schools, serving as a PTA advocate before the Board of Education, County Council and County Planning Board. Among many projects, I was involved in PTA advocacy efforts that influenced the delivery of new school buildings at Rock Creek Forest Elementary School and Silver Creek Middle School, and supported community dialog during the middle school boundary studies in the B-CC cluster.
Two decades ago, as a new parent of young children, I joined a group of parents to advocate before the council to mitigate cut-through traffic on Leland Street. Then and now, traffic remains a chronic issue that requires our attention. In addition, long- term strategic issues will affect our quality of life in the Town, such as the sale of the 4-H Center, development in downtown Bethesda, climate change and environmental impacts, changes to County housing policy, and racial and social justice across the County. As a committed long-term resident, I want to help the Town navigate these issues, not just for our own benefit, but for the good of broader community beyond our borders. My prior PTA advocacy experience, long-term perspective, and capacity for collaboration through conflict will serve the Town council and residents well.
In my professional life, I embarked on my first career as a foreign service officer, and for the past 20 years, have led a rewarding career at DAI, a Bethesda-based global development company that is a leading implementing partner for the US Agency for International Development. Since 2001, I have held a variety of leadership roles in project management, strategy and marketing, human resources, and the office of general counsel. In my current capacity as Director of Global Employee Ownership, I manage employee share plans that enable employees in 40 countries around the world to buy and sell company shares. In October 2020, I was appointed to serve as an internal Board member of my employer. I hold a Master of Business Administration from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.