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A little about me

I live in Bloomington with my husband Mike, our two children Dylan (8) and Evelyn (4), and our dog Luna.  Growing up, my parents were both in the military and I spent most of my childhood moving around the country and world.  They retired to a small town in southwest Iowa where I attended high-school and met my soon-to-be-husband.  I went on to graduate from Iowa State University and then the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota.  Mike and I loved Minnesota so much we decided this is where we wanted to launch our careers and raise our family.  We eventually bought our home in Bloomington and have enjoyed every minute since!

For over a decade I have advocated at the local and state level for issues that are impacting the health of Minnesota communities including hunger relief, affordable and safe housing options, and transportation.  I recently was awarded a Humphrey Policy Fellowship joining one of the country’s most respected public affairs leadership experiences for career professionals who want to work together on common good solutions to public challenges in a bipartisan and inclusive manner.  

As a Bloomington resident, I volunteer for our schools, serve on the Bloomington Housing Coalition, the city’s NOAH (Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing) workgroup, and the Board of Directors for VEAP, a local nonprofit.Our family enjoys spending time at the parks and on the trails in our city, as well as watching our kids participate in Bloomington Athletic Association sports activities. Personally, I love spending time reading, long runs, yoga, and traveling.