Troy has been through a lot during COVID-19. As a community, we have lost family, friends, neighbors and livelihoods. Our seniors, first responders, veterans, small businesses, children, families and frontline workers have been hardest hit. We need to remember and honor our loss, sacrifice and resilience.
As we continue to make our way out of the pandemic, Troy remains extraordinary – a premier city in the country to work, live and play. And I firmly believe Troy is on the cusp of something even more extraordinary – with no municipal debt for residents to pay down and a once-in-a-lifetime injection of cash through the American Rescue Plan Act.
To ensure Troy makes the most of this moment – and residents have a voice in shaping the future – I will leverage my resident-first track record on Troy City Council and my background working for the world’s leading development and financial institution, the Word Bank, where I ensured communities had a say in the development impacting them. I will also draw on my decades of experience with policy and economic development, having briefed U.S. government officials as a recognized expert with a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics.
I currently work for The Kresge Foundation, a top private foundation in America and leader in economic revitalization. Based in Troy, Kresge has been called upon to advise cities in Michigan and around the country on the use and deployment of federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act.
As a lifelong educator, I've also taught performance metrics and evaluation at Oakland University. Evaluation is an important skill to help governments learn from what they do – ensuring our tax dollars are spent wisely.
In my time on Troy City Council, I’ve put this background to work by spearheading dozens of activities to enhance the City of Troy's quality of life and resident engagement – all in a financially sustainable manner. I’ve used my strategy and nonprofit management background to help ensure the City of Troy closed and opened safely during the pandemic, always putting the health, safety and welfare of residents first.
I have the strategic vision, policy experience and resident-driven mindset to steer Troy out of these uncertain times and into an extraordinary future. Now is the time to create tomorrow together!
We will stand together, we will work together,
and we will build tomorrow together.
You can count on me to do the hard work and to rise to the challenges ahead as we come out of the pandemic and work to create a bright future. I have spent my professional life working at organizations dedicated to revitalizing local economies and to ensuring residents have a say in the decisions that impact them. I brought that background to City Council to help Troy through this crisis. I now bring it to help us create tomorrow together.
The way forward is together.
My husband and I chose Troy as the place to raise our son because of its strong neighborhoods, award-winning schools and rich diversity. It’s where we belong.
I'm passionate about giving back to a community that has given me and my family so much. Prior to joining City Council in 2020, I was a member of the City's Global Troy Advisory Committee and Downtown Development Authority, where I oversaw the approval of the Quality Development Initiative to promote a vibrant streetscape and high-quality amenities along the Big Beaver Corridor.
As a Council Member, I've had to dive into two budgets over $178 million and lead a city through a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Thanks to the skillful stewardship of myself and fellow Council colleagues, Troy is well positioned not just for a comeback, but a real resurgence.