Current Job: Web Development/Online Outreach for Non-Profits
Top 3 Priorities if Elected:
WE NEED TO SHIFT OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FROM WAIT-AND-PRAY TO POLICIES THAT MAKES LIFE BETTER TODAY
WE NEED OUR CITY GOVERNMENT TO BE MORE TRANSPARENT AND WELCOMING, SO THAT WE CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITIES
Without openness and a foundation of trust we will be unable to attract the economic investment this community needs. This has been a problem for our city. The collapse of the Lompoc Housing and Community Development Corporation—which was supposed to manage our low income housing and redevelop our downtown—was, according to a Grand Jury report, "a failure of oversight". We can no longer afford a culture of complacency, that shies away from tough questions and airing concerns in public. Transparency is vital, both for the fiscal responsibility of the city and to create a welcoming business climate. My passion for public service was inspired by my grandfather, who was part of the resistance in the Netherlands during World War II. Having worked as a community organizer, I have experience bringing people together to make things happen. My master's degree in social theory and public affairs gives me an academic background in understanding and tackling complex economic and public policy issues. And I have lived on three continents, and have chosen to bring that life perspective here to Lompoc.