Job title/company: County commissioner, Spokane County.
Education: M.B.A., Whitworth University; B.A., business administration, Whitworth University; A.A., Spokane Community College.
Tell us about your career so far. My involvement in the political arena started in 2008, a year that saw engagement from young people across the political spectrum. I had the opportunity to volunteer on several campaigns, as well as intern in Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ office. I was able to create some amazing relationships that year, which led to me working as a senior legislative assistant for the Washington State House of Representatives for six years.
It was during those six years, splitting time between Olympia and Spokane, where I was able to see firsthand the major role that local government has on everyday life. It’s not always exciting or controversial topics, but you see the impact of the services that we depend on to keep our community moving forward.
In my role as commissioner, I currently sit on 12 different boards and commissions and have a voice in so many issues that our community is facing. It is an honor to represent Spokane County. Each day, I thank the people of Spokane County for having faith in me, and I continue to remind myself that I am here to do the people’s business while living within the people’s means.
What are your aspirations? I want to continue to serve the people of my community and keep the promise I made to make Spokane County the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Tell us about your mentor, or someone you look to for inspiration. I was honored to work with some of the most amazing leaders in Washington state during my time with the state Legislature. I had the opportunity to work directly under two representatives that gave me a tremendous amount of responsibility and freedom to learn and engage in the political process; that has proven to be an invaluable asset as I serve as a county commissioner.
What generational stereotype do you feel strong about? The stereotype for my generation that I most disagree with, certainly in our community, is that we are all entitled. I have met so many millennials in our area who are business owners, students, lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc., and they are some of the hardest working people you’ll ever meet. Many of them have paid their way through college working multiple jobs, struggled to make their businesses successful, or proven themselves to be leaders in their fields. We have a bright future in Spokane County.
Something interesting/random about yourself. In my free time, I enjoy carpentry and building furniture.
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