On my very first day in my career, as an intern, I was told: “The only thing you have of value in this job is your integrity. If you lose that, you may as well go home now.” I think about that and strive to bring it forward every day, in how I treat people and in how I build relationships. I always seek ways to work with people even when we’re at odds, to work out policies that benefit my clients and our communities.
Government can serve an important role in helping people and businesses, but it can also get in the way and impose unexpected or unintentional difficulties. I see my role as being someone who can help clients navigate their way through the politics, process, and relationships to achieve good policy for my clients.
I have always had an interest in politics and a passion for helping, and throughout my career, I have been fortunate to be able to work on issues including health and human services, campaign finance reform, among others.