I have a head for business, but my heart is surely in human services.
I have begun my second term on the Tempe Community Council where I have served on the Board Development, Resource, and Executive Committees. Additionally, I co-chaired or served on the committee for three Don Carlos Humanitarian Award Dinners, which honored The Honorable Harry Mitchell, The Honorable Neil Giuliano, and community leader Raveen Arora raising over $75,000 for Tempe human services programs. I am also a Board Member for the Suns Charity 88, helping to raise money and awareness for various human services needs throughout the valley.
Further, I have participated in the Agency Review process many times, reviewing hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant requests. This provides a unique and intimate view into city funding of human services through a community-driven review process that provides recommendations to Council.
While I feel I have a better than average grasp of the various human services issues facing our city, these challenges are complex and no amount of funding will entirely alleviate the need. I’d love to work on partnerships between ASU, the business and particularly the tech community, and regional municipalities to comprehensively address these challenges for creative and sustaining solutions.
Disability Access and Acceptance (Parks, etc)
This issue is particularly close to my heart, and one you’ll see me advocate for eternally. I have been shocked and saddened by how disabled children are treated; as if they should be given special access to services instead of included with everyone else. I know this city to be inclusive and accepting of those different from them and I'd like to bring awareness to our community.
Our differently abled neighbors and children have a right to enjoy the same activities that make our city so wonderful. Making sure our city facilities and businesses are “accessible” by law is essential but it isn’t nearly enough. My daughter’s best friends have abilities ranging from mild behavioral issues to severe Autism and Downs Syndrome, and these kids are the kindest and most fun-loving angels I’ve ever met. And they struggle to find places where they fit in.
We as a city must be welcoming to all abilities and accepting that they have just as much right to enjoy city resources without being stared at or criticized because an older child with special needs is playing on toddler play equipment.