Who am I?
I am originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and grew up as a member of a military family, living in Georgia, California, New Jersey, Ethiopia, and France. These experiences gave me a deep appreciation for the United States, the specialness of our democracy, and the opportunities for our Nation and the World.
I have more than 30 years of executive leadership experience in Federal, State, and local government, as well as the private and non-profit organization sectors. At the Federal level, I worked with the U.S. Departments of Justice and Transportation, the President's Council on Management Improvement, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Washington, D.C. and Kennedy Space Center in Florida). At the State level, I worked with the State of North Carolina Department of Corrections in community corrections and with the Governor's Committee on Law and Order in strategic and resource planning. With respect to the private sector, I was selected as a President's Exchange Executive and spent a year with Xerox at their World Headquarters in Connecticut, working in the areas of quality management, customer service, and benchmarking. I am also an entrepreneur, serving as a strategic planning advisor to various public, private, professional, and non-profit organizations, teams, and individuals.
Locally, I served as a member of the Cape Canaveral City Council for four years and have been a member of numerous regional and local planning initiatives and community groups. These include the: Space Coast League of Cities, Space Coast Energy Consortium, Space Coast Technical Business Network, Brevard County Aerospace Career Development Board, Economic Development Committee on Florida's Space Coast Government Relations Council, the Cocoa Beach High School Advisory Board for International Business, and the Cape-Port Canaveral Kiwanis Club.
Academically, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of Southern California. I am a guest lecturer at the University of Central Florida in the areas of: leadership, strategic planning, and Federal Administration.
I was the Democratic Nominee for Florida's 15th Congressional District in the 2010 Election and am running again in 2012.
Why am I running?
Given my leadership experience with NASA, other government agencies, the private sector, and as a regional planning advisor and local elected official, I believe I have the national experience with the local perspective to provide the 15th Congressional District a much better future than we have today. It is so important that we have a Congressional Representative who will work progressively, collaboratively and effectively with the President, other members of Congress, and those responsible in the Federal Departments and Agencies to:
- Create new jobs and opportunities for the 99%
- Improve the economy
- Provide affordable health care for all in need
- Protect Social Security and Medicare
- Invest in education, research and technology
- Lead the World in clean energy, reducing U.S. oil dependency
- Protect our environment
- Provide for the National Defense and Public Safety
- Modernize our infrastructure as we prepare for the 21st Century and beyond.
My top two goals are to:
1. Provide jobs and new opportunities for the 99% through support of President Obama's job plan and progressive agenda for investment in education, clean energy, research and development, new technology, and infrastructure in preparation for the 21st Century and beyond.
2. Protect Social Security and Medicare and advance health care reform to provide for all those in need.
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My Campaign is People Powered!
The Campaign is 100% people-powered and grassroots. We depend on a virtual team of wonderfully talented volunteers, many of whom served on the Campaign Team in the 2010 election. The Team is diverse in culture and age, providing a broad spectrum of experiences, insights and capabilities as we plan and reach out to the broader community.
Given the value of meeting the voters one-on-one to listen to and better understand their needs, concerns and suggestions for improvement, we are collecting petitions at each of the District's 19 libraries to qualify via petition rather than paying the filing fee. I am also reaching out to diverse groups of voters at local forums, community meetings, establishments, events and festivities to meet as many individuals and groups as possible, listen to their points of view, and enable them to meet me in person and learn more about our progressive agenda for change and proposed improvement initiatives.
The average contribution of our donors is less than $100.