I am Paula’s daughter, philanthropist, technologist, community member, and mother. I am running for City Council to represent District 11 (Montbello, Parkfield, Gateway, Green Valley Ranch, DIA) because I see the need for a more progressive approach to achieving economic fairness. I am bringing a different face to city level leadership and what that looks like. I am a product of the community I am running to represent, I don’t just own a home here, I grew up here, my heart is here. I truly believe representation matters. District 11 is incredibly diverse socio-economically and culturally. It’s time to leverage that diversity to reinvent a community that is competitive with other up and coming areas of town. Our neighborhood has a slowed pulse. We can revive it by improving our access, and build an infrastructure that can support true economic development that takes us forward.
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
― The Dalai Lama
GROWING UP IN DISTRICT 11
I was raised by strong women who believed in the strength of community and the power of the human spirit.
My Louisiana roots are steeped in the tradition of “It takes a village”, I am a product of that village. I am my family's "baby".
I am a 3rd generation DPS graduate, with my story beginning on the “East Side” and culminating to Montbello in 1993. I attended Anchor of Hope Church where I participated in youth group, and choir activities. I was a DEEP member, Link Leader, Student Council Secretary, CU Pre-collegiate Scholarship Awardee, Vocal Ensemble, and Sigma Gamma Rho Debutante. Having enjoyed the benefits of growing up in a safe and flourishing community, I graduated from Montbello High School in 1999, and accepted a full ride academic scholarship to the University of Denver as a Colorado Governor's Scholar.
A few years ago, I noticed the change in my community, and although active, I wanted more training and exposure to civic leadership and development. I am a graduate of the 2010 Chamber Connect cohort, now known as the Urban Leadership Foundation of Colorado. I have Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Denver in Communication and a minor in Political Science, pursued Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Colorado at Denver, and an MBA from Grand Canyon University with an emphasis on leadership. I’ve most recently received a certification in Web Development from Galvanize. Most recently I’ve been accepted as a member of the 2019 cohort of Emerge, which trains women to run for political office.
My experiences with various groups of people, thas given me different points of view and skills. In my previous career I spent almost 15 running temporary labor procurement programs for Fortune 500 & 100 companies. My ability to make complex processes easy to digest became highly sought after. Now in my current role as a Salesforce Application Developer, I constantly use my backgound in human capital management to work as a resourceful, diplomatic and collaborative teammate. No skill is a waste!
I’ve worked behind the scenes providing grant writing and technical support for the Epworth Foundation through Women of Faith Health Initiative. I am a co-founding member of the Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs (SPIN), a philanthropic giving circle of African-American women. I am also a Career Coach Mentor for Denver Public Schools, and a very proud, 15-year member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. I’ve also volunteered as a vocalist for Homes for Our Troops, an organization that builds homes for our military amputees wounded in combat, and a host of other organizations in support of health, women and children’s matters.
In 2015, I was awarded the Kathy Hill-Young Community Spirit Award for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to The Community.
However, the greatest accomplishment of my ENTIRE life is my genius 10 year old son, Kaleo (KA-LAY-OH) .