I moved to Fall Creek in 2016, and soon after became president of the Ithaca Community Gardens. I’ve led ICG through negotiations with the City and the Carpenter Park developers to secure a long-term future for the Gardens, including a complete redesign of our layout and infrastructure. Through this design and development process I’ve learned about the workings of City government, and about how large projects, with diverse stakeholders, get moved from concept to reality.
Before moving downtown, I lived at Ecovillage at Ithaca for 13 years, raising my child there as a single parent. I participated in community governance both at EVI and at White Hawk Ecovillage in Danby. During my time with these two communities I worked on visioning, land partnership and development, budgeting, strategic planning, and negotiations. We made decisions by consensus, which has taught me to listen first when navigating differing perspectives, and seek outcomes that are both fair and inclusive.
I was educated at MIT, where I studied electrical engineering, computer science and computational neuroscience. After getting my PhD from MIT, I pursued a career in the biotech pharmaceutical industry. Through these experiences I’ve learned to analyze complex systems, and think clearly about options and impacts as I work to develop practical solutions.
I was raised in Minnesota by a mixed-class family, with a strong sense of social justice and deep political convictions. My father spent his career in public health, documenting and reducing disparities in health care outcomes. My mother taught special ed. As a second-generation Unitarian Universalist, I share a lifelong commitment to honor the inherent worth and dignity of every person; a commitment that plays out in every aspect of my life.