As a working mom of two, I decided to run for office because I saw a city government that was out of touch with everyday families like mine, and I want to fight to bring all New Yorkers a bright future. Our current elected officials make decisions that impact people without logic or vision- and I'm ready to get to work and make the necessary changes that will lead us to a new age of prosperity bringing good paying jobs, a vision that creates a safe and clean city, a place families can raise children, and a place where all people can thrive regardless of socioeconomic status.
I'm a Social Entrepreneur
After graduating from the University of Evansville and studying at the American University in Cairo, I became a Legislative Aide. I left the government sector and became a social entrepreneur and started several companies and passion projects, including UNCHAINED, a national anti-human trafficking organization that raised awareness through artistic fashion shows and empowered survivors of human trafficking with education scholarships. I’m also the former Vice President of COhatch, a co-working, private-office and social-enterprise that uses community spaces to revitalize communities and incubate start-ups. I believe economic inequality and our city's greatest problems can be solved through innovation and empowering economic opportunities.
I'm a Community Activist
During the COVID pandemic, I locked arms with fellow Astorians and and went to work partnering with local faith organizations- making calls to our neighbors and elderly population, delivering supplies when needed, organizing food donations for essential workers, organizing several PPE drives giving thousands of handmade masks away in the community and face shields, masks, and supplies to Mt. Sinai and Elmhurst Hospitals. I've organized countless community service events, and as trash began to pile-up in our streets, I've worked to organize regular trash pick-up events in Queens and fight for safe and clean streets. In 2020, I received the 2020 Power Women of New York Award by Schneps Media.
I'm a Public Health Advocate
As a founding member of the New York Healthy Lifestyle campaign and current Queens representative, I advocate for greater access to healthy foods, fixing food deserts, urban farming initiatives, farmers markets, better food quality in schools, and educating New Yorkers on the impact food and exercise have on our health.
I'm a Faith Leader
I'm the Chairwoman of the Interfaith Coalition for Peace & Safety- an organization that promotes peace in our neighborhoods and builds bridges between communities and public safety officials, and every year we host the National Public Safety Honors Day in partnership with Peace December. I'm also a former Church Youth Director at Eastminster Presbyterian, I've served in campus ministry, and currently serve alongside my husband, Pastor/Elder at Bridge Community Church in Long Island City.
I'm a Working Mom
As a mom of two young children, I know firsthand the struggles of raising a family in one of the most expensive cities in the world as a working-class mom, and I will fight for YOUR NEEDS at City Hall. Politicians are out of touch with everyday working families, and my goal is to represent women, children and families at City Hall.
I'm a Fighter
I grew up in a struggling single mom household, and I always work hard to rise above my circumstances. Since the age of 15, I have not stopped working and I don't intend to stop now. While the future of our city looks bleak to some, I believe this is an opportunity to come together, fight, and make sure that New York City is a place where everyone can thrive. I will never stop fighting for Queens and for the beautiful city that I call home, and I will never stop fighting for the future of our children.