For the last 10 years, I have worked in a wide variety of advocacy efforts resulting in a wealth of knowledge and experience in communication skills and conflict resolution. This advantage makes me the ideal person to build bridges in our divided capital, and what better way to do so than through the very legislature we collectively abide by? I am more than confident in my ability to create sustainable solutions that help ALL Californians, regardless of race, economic status, orientation and more.
I firmly believe that education is one of the most important issues we face in California. It is a fact that when the educational needs of our children are met, society operates with the coherency and peace we all desire.
I believe that Education is never one-size-fits-all.
Parents should have the right to lead their children’s educational journey and advocate for the services their children need to succeed. In turn, I feel that teachers are hindered from their optimal performance by bureaucracy and standardized testing — an approach that seeks a one-size-fits-all solution and therefore disregards the needs of the individual.
Early intervention is one of the most logistically and economically sustainable solutions, given the utter lack of access to quality education in our county and our state — and I feel strongly that all Californians should have access to such education (and alternative options).
I am a strong advocate for women’s health, and have worked in maternal healthcare for over 10 years. Because of my extensive knowledge and experience in this field, it is glaringly apparent that EVERYONE needs access to quality healthcare, along with enough options to support the individuality of each situation. In result, I believe that we must protect alternative forms of healthcare as it is our population’s constitutional right to choose how they care for their bodies.
We must continue to work hard to improve maternal and infant health care and subsequent outcomes. We can achieve this through legislation that support women’s rights during birth, and by increasing access to services such as midwifery care for ALL women.
I believe that the most effective plan to tackle the issue of homelessness must be rooted in compassion and forward-thinking strategy. We must take a collaborative approach that creates solutions based on data, and given data is ever changing, our efforts should have the innovation and flexibility to support the ebb and flow. Without flexibility, we will never create the change we want to see.
Foster Care system
As a former foster parent, I have a unique perspective on the pitfalls of our foster care system. I have worked for two counties in their recruitment and retention of families willing to share their homes and resources with children in our foster care system. We have made huge strides with our work, yet there is so much more we can do.
I strongly believe that all involved in the care of foster families need quality training, based on the most up to date evidence. We must then support our social workers with a manageable caseload, so they can provide quality service to all of the families they are responsible for. These resource families need access to services for themselves and the children in their care, along with a clear plan for supporting families who have adopted through the foster care system.
Most importantly, I believe youth in foster care need to have a voice in their care — and as their role models and guardians, we need to provide supports for them as they transition into adulthood.