Biography

I’ve lived in Half Moon Bay nearly 30 years. I got married, bought my first home, and raised my two children here in our loal public schools. I’ve called the Arleta Park neighborhood home for all of that time.

My Employment History

I have worked in both the private and public sectors.

For the past 18 years I’ve worked at the State Coastal Conservancy. This state agency is a non-regulatory agency that directly undertakes or awards grants for projects to preserve agricultural lands and open space, provide access to and along the Coast and SF Bay via trails and other means, revitalize waterfronts, restore and enhance plant and wildlife habitat, and help communities prepare for sea level rise.

For the past 14 years I’ve served as my agency’s legislative analyst. I investigate, evaluate and report on legislation as well as help draft legislative bills from time to time. For example, I drafted the legislation that established “Safeguard Our Coast Day” every February.  I also played a lead role in drafting legislation that created the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program. I continue to serve our small agency as a grants manager for projects in Southern California and have experience collaborating with various public agencies and non-profit organizations to plan and implement projects, including land acquisition for open space protection, trail planning and construction, and tidal and freshwater wetland restoration.

On the prive side I’ve worked in a variety of marketing and public relations positions with Silicon Valley companies, including Hewlett-Packard. I began my career as a local government and business beat reporter for a daily newspaper in Florida.

My Education

  • MA in Economics Journalism — University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • BA in History from the University of Rochester.
  • Post-Baccalaureate studies,Biological Sciences, Oregon State University.

Government/Political/Civic Activity

I currently serve as the City of Half Moon Bay’s representative on the San Mateo County/City Association of Governments, the county’s transportation and stormwater planning agency, as well as one of two city reps on the Sewer Authority Mid-Coastside.

I am a proud member of the Half Moon Bay Odd Fellows, the Half Moon Bay History Association, and Friends of the Library.

My past invovement includes:

  • Half Moon Bay City Councilmember from 1992-2003 and 2014 to present.
  • Four terms as mayor.
  • Alternate Coastal Commissioner 2000-2005.
  • Past vice -president of the Half Moon Bay Neighbors Alliance.
  • Campaign spokesperson for successful Measure F to save the historic Main Street Bridge (2014).
  • Led development of a successful ballot measure (Measure S) and campaign to change the timing of City elections from odd to even years and take advantage of higher turnouts (2010).
  • Author, Measure D, a successful measure to limit residential growth to 1.5% (1998).
  • Active participant in the campaign to build the Tunnel at Devil’s Slide (1995-96).
  • Co-campaign manager to defeat Measure I, which sought voter authorization for 750 homes and other development on the North Wavecrest bluffs (1995).
  • Co-author, campaign manager for Measure A, a successful measure to limit residential growth to 3% (1991).
  • Co-author, campaign manager for Measure G, a measure advising the city council to protect our coastal bluffs (1989).