I grew up a free-range kid on a rural island in the Pacific Northwest, then migrated south to attend Scripps College in California. After graduation I moved to Washington, D.C. where I worked in the progressive movement for more than six years. Initially I directed field operations for URGE, a national youth-oriented pro-choice educational foundation, and subsequently directed field operations for Voters for Choice. In 2000 I had the outrageous, once in a lifetime opportunity to coordinate a multi-city tour for Voters for Choice and Gloria Steinem, during which I worked directly with Gloria and with dozens of colleges and managed volunteer coordinators at each location with rallies ranging from 300 to 1,000 people.
After leaving URGE and Voters I consulted with Donna Brazile and Associates as Campaign Manager for Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes-Norton (D-DC). Also with Brazile in 2004 I directed transportation for the national March for Women's Lives, parking over 1,000 busses in RFK Stadium within four hours. While in DC I also volunteered as Finance Chair for the Women's Information Network (WIN), a networking group for young, Democratic women, helping to coordinate their Women Opening Doors for Women annual fundraiser that, at the time, drew over 400 attendees to 25 dinners throughout the District. On a volunteer basis managed on a volunteer basis the 2004 and 2005 Affairs of the Heart Gala for the Washington Free Clinic, then the oldest free medical clinic on the east coast.
When it was time to flee the Beltway, I moved West with my family to take a position with the The Center on Colfax. As VP for Strategic Initiatives, I managed marketing strategy, corporate sponsorship, community engagement and strategic partnerships. I also directed all Center fundraising events including Denver PrideFest, which now hosts over 350,000 guests annually.
In 2014 I concluded service as the Chair of the Board for the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Denver and finished up a three year-term as President of the Alumnae Association at Scripps College, which included service on the Board of Trustees. A life-long volunteer passion, after graduating from Scripps I volunteered as a Regional Associate in Washington DC. I served on the volunteer committees for my 5, 10, and 15 year reunions, and served on the Alumnae Leadership Council as a Vice President, co-coordinating the Regional Associates program - before becoming President of the Alumnae Association and a member of the Board of Trustees. I was honored in 2010 to receive the Outstanding Recent Alumna award from the college.