Title: Mayor Pro Tem
Municipality: City of Raleigh
Position Interested In: Population-Based Seat (Raleigh)
Tell us why you would like to serve in a leadership position at the League. In particular, specify goals you would like to accomplish as an officer or board member and indicate how, if attained, they will help to achieve Vision 2030 – the League’s future vision of how cities and towns will operate in 2030.
I have traveled our great state for work, vacation, and family. I have a passion for building bridges and think it is crucial that, as leaders, we must do more to connect our rural and urban communities and build meaningful cross-cultural relationships. As a resident of Raleigh, I want to better understand the challenges our rural leaders face and learn how Raleigh can be of assistance or support. I'm also interested in opportunities to share and learn about best practices and lessons from my peers.
If I'm able to achieve my goal of being a bridge builder, I'll be able to help the League achieve it's goals for: 1) municipalities to widely practice productive partnerships with counties, other governments, and the private sector; 2) urban and rural municipalities to routinely work together for economic success, and 3) municipalities to quickly adapt to cultural and demographic changes in their communities.
Tell us about your experience as a municipal official. You may want to include information on your service on the municipal governing body, other related boards and special areas of interest.
I was elected as an at-large member of the Raleigh City Council in 2017; and was re-elected to an at-large seat in 2019. I chair our Council's Growth and Natural Resources Committee and serve on our Transportation and Transit Committee. I also serve as our Council liaison to the Downtown Raleigh Alliance and to DHIC (an Affordable Housing provider). I was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in December 2020.
Tell us about your educational background, professional experience, and/or community or civic activities.
After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in environmental studies, I went to work as an organizer and am now the Development Director for the North Carolina Conservation Network. NC Conservation Network is a statewide network of 100 environmental, community, and environmental justice organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health.
I also co-founded The Beehive Collective, which has given away more than $288,000 to Raleigh-based nonprofits. The Beehive Collective is dedicated to promoting and uplifting women leaders in our community by offering leadership opportunities. Our annual grants have funded projects including those that champion women and immigrants, improve access to transportation and affordable housing, and provide needed health care to Raleigh's underserved youth.
Have You Participated in Any NCLM Events or Committees?
CityVision Annual Conference
Town & State Dinner or Town Hall Days
Legislative Goals Planning Events or Process
Currently serve on the Board of Directors
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It would be an honor to continue serving on the NCLM Board as Raleigh's representative.