I have been a San Francisco resident and tenant for over fifteen years and I am proud to call it home. I fell in love with the City and the West Coast way-of-life after having been born and raised almost entirely on the East Coast, in the Washington, D.C. region. The Bay Area’s natural beauty, tolerance, and relaxed style hooked me from the moment I arrived. I know and understand from personal experience why so many people want to live here, and why so many tenants want to remain living here. It’s a great place to be alive.
I attended Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, where the focus was on the public interest — the “good guy” law. While in school, I was a member and editor of the Golden Gate University Law Review.
My interest in tenant law led me to become a volunteer attorney at the Eviction Defense Collaborative for about two years, where I was honored to receive the 2009 Advocate Award for Outstanding Contribution to Tenants’ Rights. I was also a member of the Eviction Defense Collaborative’s Board of Directors. I am continuing my volunteer commitment as a member of the Board of Directors of Legal Assistance to the Elderly, a San Francisco non-profit legal services organization.
Before law school, I worked as a legislative staffer for a member of Congress in Washington, D.C., covering issues such as civil rights, the judiciary, foreign relations, defense and military, veterans’ affairs, financial matters, immigration, and others. Within those areas, I interacted with constituents, met with community leaders and other groups, drafted speeches, and monitored legislation. That fast-paced environment laid the foundation that allows me to competently handle the rigors of the practice of law.
I received a degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I was also privileged to earn a certificate (much like a minor) in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies. I feel honored to be in the first graduating class of students to have received that certificate in the University’s history.