I'm a Tulsa native that decided to return home recently. I have an undergraduate degree in English at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and am currently finishing a thesis for a Masters in Regional Planning degree at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. I'm a weekly front desk volunteer that, like so many, came to the center to volunteer in November in a sense of political shock. However, I wasn't quite prepared to find such a diverse and thriving community at OKEQ. I'm running for the board to give back to an organization and group of people that has given me so much in such short order and so wonderfully serves so many in a complex political and social environment.
The specific skill set I have that I believe will be useful on the board is my past in political organizing/engagement. I worked as a Deputy Field Organizer on the Obama campaign in Greene County, Ohio in 2008. I currently serve on the Affirmative Action Committee (part of the Central Committee) for the Oklahoma Democratic Party and am co-organizing the the establishment of the Stonewall Democratic Club of Tulsa and helping with the reactivation of the statewide Stonewall Democratic Federation. With the Stonewall Dems, we will primarily be vetting candidates on their stance towards LGBTQIA+ issues and supporting the strongest candidates in general elections.
I'm willing to put in the work to organize to protect and expand the rights of our community. I'm committed to listening to and understanding the needs of a widely varying group of individuals and identities and converting that into action on a political level. Tanda (my furry buddy that joins me at the front desk) and I hope to see you at the center!