Describe any previous Branch positions and years you served.
AAUW San Diego – President (2011-2013)
AAUW San Diego – Public Policy VP (2009-2011)
AAUW San Diego IBC – Treasurer (2016)
Describe any AAUW California positions and years you served.
AAUW California – Director (July 2017 – present)
*AAUW of Alabama – Program VP (2006-2007)
*AAUW of Alabama – Student Advisory Council (2004-2006)
Talk about any AAUW California conventions you attended in the last five years.
I previously attended an AAUW CA Convention in Irvine
Talk about any pertinent community activities or connections and their corresponding dates.
Examples of my community involvement tied to AAUW include:
- AAUW Work Smart (co-wrote the proposal for San Diego to be the recipient of the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle Work Smart pilot site) – 6/16
- AAUW San Diego (production of an Equal Pay Day video) – 2012 * can be viewed at: http://www.aauwsandiego.org/publicpolicy.html
- AAUW San Diego (developed “The 12 Days to Equal Pay”) *can be viewed at: http://www.aauwsandiego.org/images/12_Days_to_Pay_Final.pdf
- AAUW San Diego Student Leadership Training – 11/11
- AAUW San Diego College Women’s Leadership Day – 4/13
Talk about any AAUW National conventions you have attended.
I attended National Convention in San Diego and New Orleans. I was scheduled to attend and present in Phoenix (2007) but had a recent move and simultaneously fell ill. I used both convention opportunities as a means to gain a deeper knowledge of AAUW mission and work, while collecting ideas to share with branch members.
Describe any AAUW National positions and years you served.
N/A. I have not served in an AAUW National capacity.
Describe your employment/professional experience, including current employment.
I am a post-secondary education administrator at a California Community College serving as Director of Student Accessibility Services at the College of Marin. With a team of 20 faculty and staff, my department ensures that student with disabilities are provided greater access and reasonable accommodations to support their success in the academic setting. Over the past 10 years, I have been active in supporting education and career pathways for individuals with disabilities and have served on several boards and participated in initiatives supporting this work (Maria Shriver’s We Include initiative, San Diego Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, San Diego Workforce Investment Board, Project College, California Employment Consortium for Youth, etc.).
Are you available to visit branches statewide?
Describe any other special skills or experience.
Non-profit management; Board development; served as a long-standing board member for Girls Rising (formerly Big Sister League, Inc.) in San Diego which is a small non-profit mentoring program with a mission to “empower at-risk girls to recognize their value and pursue higher goals through a community of women mentors.” Currently serve on the board of directors for a non-public school in Marin County designed to serve students with learning differences.
Give your reasons for running for this office.
For more than a decade, AAUW has played a critical role in my life and development as a woman. It provided me with opportunities to explore who I am as a leader, build friendships with like-minded advocates committed to empowering women and girls, and contributed to my desire to continue my education and pursue a doctorate. Through AAUW leadership roles at the state and local level, I have worked with college students on understanding varying aspects of Title IX and addressing issues of sexual assault, to develop salary negotiation skills with an aim toward pay equity, and I have supported young women leadership by providing opportunities for others to attend local leadership events and NCCWSL. I worked with the San Diego Branch to pilot the city-based Work Smart initiative funded by the Mooneen-Lecce giving circle. I have held leadership roles at the state level in Alabama & most recently in California with my July 2017 appointment as AAUW California Director. While this opportunity stemmed from the need to fill a board vacancy, I would like the opportunity to serve at the start of a term, taking full advantage of the time to learn, develop, support, and innovate with a competent state team and robust branches throughout the state.
My commitment to AAUW lies beyond my desire to remain engaged in mission critical activity. It stems from a personal belief that we have a responsibility to empower others when we’ve been gifted with similar opportunities. I attribute my best experiences and growth opportunities to AAUW women who believed in my abilities. It would be such a privilege to serve at the state level in California again and support efforts that promote the empowerment of women and girls throughout California.
75-word Goal Statement
If elected to serve as state director, I would like to continue in the capacity of serving as Program Chair. I believe my knowledge of mission-based programs, current leadership on the board, and desire to promote programs related to financial literacy, international advocacy, and public policy would align well with this role. Specifically, I would like to expand National’s Work Smart initiative through increased offerings of workshops throughout the state vs the pilot cities of San Diego, San Jose, and Long Beach. I believe there is a real need for professional women to develop skills that we touch upon in Start Smart but continue to refine as we progress in our career.