WHERE I COME FROM
I am a native Minnesotan, hailing from the Northside of Minneapolis. As a very young mother I knew that I did not want to end up a statistic. I believed that education was the way out of poverty. After completing high school equivalence, I went to college at the University of Minnesota. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish (at that time) but chose to enter into the workforce.
I worked various jobs and then I decided to return to school to complete a bachelor’s degree in Communication / Cultural Development. After completing undergrad studies; I went on to receive a Master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN.
I am the proud mother of three adult children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild. I’ve been a member of Mighty Fortress International ministries church in Brooklyn Park, MN for over twenty years. I love a really good book and am an avid binge watcher of Netflix.
Equity Meets Opportunity
The Twin Cities are/is an amazing place to live, work and play; I am proud to call it home. From our thousands of lakes, our nature trails, zoo’s, malls, parks and night life in Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul; we have it all! Minnesota leads the nation in innovation, corporations, hospitals and healthcare. However, in a parallel universe we also lead the nation in disparities within: Housing, education, mass incarceration, unemployment / under employment and healthcare for our POC/I communities.
I believe that “we all do better, when we all do better.” We must heal the rupture in the fabric of our state. We must begin to use our political platforms and influence to “care for one another.” This will not happen overnight but, I am resolved to be a vessel of restoration, healing and understanding.
At the core of every human being we all want the same things. We want safety (for ourselves and families), we want prosperity. We basically want the proverbial American dream which is in our Declaration of Independence “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”