We don't have to lose who we are to prepare for what is to come. The grit that made our historic town a beautiful place to raise a family is still within us. We just have to fight for it.
Growing up in the multicultural community of 1980s Santa Rosa prepared me for the world and shaped who I am today.
I was born the youngest daughter of a carpenter and a nutritional counselor who moved to Santa Rosa from San Francisco in the late 1960s because it was beautiful and seemed a nice place to raise a family. My parents worked tirelessly among the interfaith community for race unity, education and peace. We had a conservative household with libraries in almost every room of our house. On my block, homeowners were contractors, mechanics, union welders, a Sheriff's Deputy; a lesbian couple and a member of the Hell's Angels. We had quail and pheasants in the brush; egrets, geese and ducks in the sky. Neighbors dove regularly for abalone and hunted for deer.
A product of Santa Rosa City Schools, I lettered in multiple sports as a student athlete and loved AP Biology. Once an alumna of the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C., I declined recruitment into New York City's investment banking scene and attended Portfolio Center in Atlanta to study Art Direction for commercial advertising. Years later, I completed grantsmanship training, including social entrepreneurship, program planning and grant proposal writing through The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles.
I helped bring the multi-year “Project Grantsmanship” to fruition, while working within the Los Angeles nonprofit community. This collaboration among the Annenberg Foundation, California Community Foundation and The Grantsmanship Center was formed to subsidize quality grantsmanship training for low to no-budget nonprofit organizations throughout Los Angeles County to effectively increase their capacity for funding.
With a broad professional background encompassing financial marketing, nonprofit program planning, capacity building, for-profit business development, luxury hospitality, online marketing, and the full communications suite (copywriting, design, editing, PR, and management), I will bring a breadth of experience as an independent contractor and cultural awareness to the Santa Rosa City Council.
AIGA, the professional association for design
PRSA, the Public Relations Society of America
Snowy egret dining at the W. 9th Street Rookery.
Photo: ©2020 Colin Talcroft. Used with permission.
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