I have been a Resident of Fort Worth for almost 30 years. I live in the Bluebonnet Hills neighborhood which is located on the Southeast side of TCU and have since 1992. As a Child, my parents taught me the importance of “community.” Since then, I have been an active participate in every community in which I have ever lived. I was very active in my local neighborhood association of Bluebonnet Hills, serving as the newsletter editor, coordinating social events, and assisting the board over many years. Our association, after a number of years of inactivity, had to be reactivated and I worked, along with a dedicated group of fellow residents, to make that happen.
I served on the Zoning Commission for 6 years originally appointed by Mayor Moncrief and then reappointed by Mayor Price. I chaired this commission for my last year of service. During this 6 years of service I had the benefit of interacting with numerous neighborhood associations as well as individual residents across the city and have been dedicated to neighborhood association involvement and public participation overall.
I have served as the District 9 City Council Representative for four years after being chosen by the voters in a 6 way race in 2014.
I am a passionate supporter of neighborhoods across District 9, attending events and enthusiastically encouraging others to attend. Some of my favorite include: Open Street; Pop Up and Farmers Markets; Better Block; Main Streets Arts Festival; May Fest; and Historic Home Tours. I assisted Steer Fort Worth Urban Development in neighborhood coordination for Better Block Bluebonnet Circle.
I have spent the better part of my adult and professional life studying and learning how to make our city and communities safer, stronger and more livable. I am an AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified planner since 1992. I have a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from University of Texas at Arlington and a BA in Environmental Studies, Policy and Planning from University of California, Santa Cruz. I try to apply what I have learned in my academic and professional experience to the work I do on the City Council to make our city the best possible home for ourselves and our families.
- TCU Overlay created and adopted to protect existing single-family residential neighborhoods by setting an occupancy limit of three unrelated persons in single family zoning within the district.
- Hemphill Lamar Connector a long awaited connection between the Near Southside and Downtown was put back on track in great part to my efforts representing many stakeholders who will benefit from this Complete Street connection.
- Fire Station Park expansion- Opportunities to acquire land for parks in the central city are rare and expensive. The catalyst for this project continues to provide opportunities to collaborate on designing and developing more places for people which lead to community building and engagement.
- Facilitated numerous sidewalk and connectivity projects throughout the district with both physical infrastructure projects and community engagement through walking town halls, walking school buses and many Blue Zones events.
- Community Engagement attending and encouraging neighborhood associations weekly with regular attendance and prompt customer service from my office.
Priorities Going Forward
- Work to protect, maintain and improve strong safe neighborhoods in District 9.
- Encourage residents to be actively involved in their neighborhoods, the district and the entire City.
- Ensure the continued level of excellence demonstrated by my predecessors and during the last 3 years of my service.
- Encourage public input and listen to and consider different viewpoints and alternative solutions.
- Respond to the public and make thoughtful reasoned decisions.
- Assist residents in learning about and accessing the services and opportunities available to them.
- City Councilwoman representing District 9 since 2014
- Resident of Fort Worth for over 25 years.
- 6 years Mayor’s Appointee to the Zoning Commission (Mayor Moncrief and Mayor Price)
- Served as Chairwoman for final year on Zoning Commission.
- Assisted Steer Fort Worth Urban Development in neighborhood coordination for Better Block Bluebonnet Circle.
- Served on the City of Fort Worth Urban Design Commission.
- AICP (American Institute of Certified Planners) certified planner since 1992.
- Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from University of Texas at Arlington.
- BA in Environmental Studies, Policy and Planning from University of California, Santa Cruz.
- Strong record of public service at the neighborhood and local government level.