What ties do you have to Culver City?
I love living in Culver City. I also serve a congregation that has been here since 1914 and has deep ties to the community. We are in a phase of re-envisioning our part in serving our city and neighborhood, and so I have gotten to know many non-profits and leaders who care for the needs of others. My children are at La Ballona in the dual language program.
What experience or expertise do you have which qualifies you to serve on the GPAC?
When at its best, the church's view of the world is like a general plan: always keeping in mind the bigger picture of who we are for and keeping an eye out for who is being forgotten. I have served churches and service organizations all over the US and the world, so I bring a broad perspective of what is possible. My doctoral studies focused on multicultural faith communities and bringing diverse people together. This is my passion whether in my congregation or my neighborhood.
What other resources (foreign language skill, participation in a local organization, practical skill, etc.) might you bring to enhance the quality of the General Plan process?
I am connected with the diverse faith communities in Culver City. As a parent, I am also a member of our local MOMS Club as well as the school district. The Habitat for Humanity build in Culver City is across the street from my house. Our congregation has enjoyed partnering closely with them and the City as the Habitat build has been getting underway.
What motivates you to participate in the General Plan process?
A General Plan is a moral document. As a city, we get the opportunity to take a stand for something. I am motivated to participate in the General Plan process because I believe Culver City can be a city where all people can live together across differences, language, economics, and history. That is the city I will be proud to pass on to my children.