After graduating from Seattle University, I started my career working in the Seattle Mayor’s Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, highlighting and uplifting the vast cultural resources of our community. More recently, as COO of a progressive consulting firm, I continued to merge arts and culture with social justice work by creating campaigns for organizations, such as Amnesty International, the United Nations, and the Environmental Defense Fund, among others. In addition, I studied public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and spent time building human rights icon Malala Yousafzai’s NGO and travelling with her to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in 2014.
This past year, I joined the Bernie Sanders campaign -- and while we did not win, I continued after the Convention, working for Hillary for America and several progressive candidates. Seeing Bernie's passion, progressivism and stance against the status quo up close demonstrated how standing up for one's ideals is the best path forward for our country and for our community.
We worked hard, and yes, we came up short in the presidential election. The result is a shock across the country, and here at home.
I will preserve Congresswoman Jayapal’s legacy, bringing my experiences here in the 37th LD and from the White House, to Olympia, ensuring our progressive ideals advance and remain a hallmark of our community. My values were shaped during my formative years in Seattle and I am called to return to service here at home.