My husband and I have lived in the Westview Park area of southwest Baltimore County for 29 years, almost as long as we’ve been married, and we raised our son here. But my roots in the community go deeper than that. My dad grew up in Arbutus, and my grandmother still lived there when I was a child. I have fond childhood memories of sitting on my dad’s shoulders watching the Arbutus 4th of July parade, and of walking to the old Arbutus library near Benson Avenue. My parents met at Catonsville High, and lived in Violetville after they married.
In recent years, my focus has been progressive political activism, from testifying before the Council to oppose the county signing on to assisting federal immigration enforcement, to lobbying the state legislature to support a Constitutional amendment that would be a big step toward removing money from politics, to protesting Trump’s Muslim ban and the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I’m on the Board of Directors for Get Money Out - Maryland and I founded the Baltimore County Progressive Democrats Club, a group that has become a widely recognized force in county politics. I was a founder of the Our Revolution Baltimore City/County Chapter. And I’ve worked on building coalitions among progressive groups in Baltimore County and statewide. In the spring 2017, a large and diverse collection of Maryland progressive groups elected me to represent progressive Democrats on the Maryland Democratic Party Executive Committee as one of the party’s Diversity Leadership Council Chairs.
Before all that, I’ve been a computer programmer, website developer, book publisher, and homeschooling parent. I also have been deeply involved in the children’s literature community for over twelve years, and I’m currently Vice-President of a non-profit children’s book award, the Cybils Awards. In that role, I’ve supported a movement to bring greater diversity and authentic representation to books for children and teens, actively seeking to elevate books centered on diversity in race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, class, religion, and disability, particularly those written by members of diverse communities.
And in our spare time, my husband and I are longtime members of the Baltimore area theatre community. He prefers to be on stage, and I like to be backstage, making the magic happen.