While Serving on City Council:
- Supported Citizen’s rights to an open vote of the people on the issue of whether or not to ban the use of safe and sane fireworks in the City of Lynnwood.
June 16, 2014 - Under discussion of Item 90.4.A
- Contributed to portions of the City of Lynnwood’s technical review comments back to Sound Transit regarding the siting of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the OSMF proposed to be sited adjacent to a single family neighborhood. The combined efforts helped to strengthen Lynnwood’s position that the OSMF was not suited to be sited in our City!
- Championed Citizen request for the allowance of miniature goats in the City of Lynnwood. Passed Ordinance 3068.
- Proposed an alternate Biennial Budget that would have mitigated the need for the increases in Utility Tax, FTE Business tax, and Property tax. Voted against increases to FTE Business taxes and Utility taxes.
November 10, 2014 - Item 90.2.C page 10 of 14
- Diligent review and questioning of City Budget proposal discovered over $70,000 in savings.
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- Paperless Councilmember starting in March of 2014. All Council packets starting in March 2014 received in PDF form, saving thousands of printed pages. Others have followed this lead. Net savings to City for reduced printing costs ~$1200/year
- As the Council Liaison to the Convention Center PFD Board - oversaw the refinancing of outstanding Debt at more favorable interest rates saving the City taxpayers $2.3M in bonding capacity (based on Wenatchee decision).
- Member of the Council Homelessness Task Group – tasked with hearing from both service providers and from the community on this issue to seek method by which to address this growing concern.
- Worked to preserve and ensure the Financial Viability of the Lynnwood Public Golf Course, preserving a critical recreational area, green space, and economic driver for our community!
- Served as your City Council Vice-President
- Authored and championed Resolution toting ‘Budgeting for Outcomes’ as the preferred method for budget development to help ensure; value to tax-payers, transparency and measurable outcomes to evaluate quality of service for value.
PDF of Retreat agenda
- Initiated staff work to evaluate cross-walk or traffic calming measures at the intersection of 68th and 194th to increase pedestrian safety for both the young families and local retirees, walking to the regional commercial.
- As liaison to the Neighborhoods and Demographics Diversity Commission, listened to and acted upon their request for public outreach, public events and celebrations to help enrich and strengthen our sense of community.
- Championed single family protections during recent zoning changes that were immediately adjacent to a well-established single family neighborhood.
- As member of the finance committee initiated revisions to the Financial policies to ensure the transparent oversight of reserves and made numerous edits and revisions to policy documents.
- As a member of SNOCOM board oversaw the successful implementation of New World and Text-to-911 increasing our level of emergency responder service and increasing taxpayer safety.
- First City budget assembled using Budgeting for Outcomes to ensure accountability in taxpayer dollars spent and services provided for those dollars.
- With your support secured funding dedicated for our roads and critical infrastructure.
- Supported that ability of Lynnwood Residents to age in place affordably, securing housing for aging residents and homes with older children at home.
- Served as the Board President for the Transportation Benefit District
- Received Proclamation of Congratulations for being named one of the Top 6 Young Professionals throughout Oregon, Washington and Alaska by ENR Northwest
- Attended the Association of Washington Cities 'City Action Days' conference in Olympia and met with your state Representatives, Senators and the Lt. Governor to advocate for Lynnwood's Legislative Agenda!
- In the works – Part of the sub committee tasked with bringing forward our very first Town Hall style meeting – We are coming to you!
- In the works – legislative re-write of City municipal Code to allow for a Youth Commission to inform Council and the Mayor on policy matters with regard to the impact on youth in our community – Scheduled for Council review TBD…
Prior to Serving on City Council (2013 and before):
Lynnwood Planning Commissioner
Recently appointed to the Lynnwood Planning Commission
I have worked with local highschool students to mentor and encourage them in
pursuit of a careers in Architecture, Construction or
Engineers Without Borders
I worked with other design professionals to design the photovoltaic power for a
new orphanage in Songea, Tanzania.
Center for Wooden Boats
I have spent volunteer hours for design assistance with new North Lake Union
I am currently spending volunteer hours to design the new Education
Africa Volunteer work
2008 – Repair of a photovoltaic power system for an island orphanage on Lake
2012 – Construction of new orphanage in Bulwayo,