Elected Experience: No information submitted
Other Professional Experience: Program Officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; King County WorkSource Area Director and Economic Analyst with Employment Security; Country Director for International Development Enterprises in Bangladesh; CARE Program Manager in Bangladesh, Sierra Leone and Rwanda; three years as a volunteer with Mennonite Central Committee in Bangladesh.
Education: MS in Natural Resource Economics, Oregon State University; BS from Washington State University.
Community Service: Poulsbo-North Kitsap Rotarian; member of North Kitsap School District Financial Advisory Committee and Equity Council; former Member and Chair of the Kitsap County Surface and Storm Water Advisory Group; volunteered at Mission Creek Corrections Center.
Statement: Government is meant to do what people cannot do for themselves. Our state government must improve its efficiency and effectiveness in transportation, education and human services. Education is the state's paramount responsibility and therefor receives the largest share of our state taxes; but that money is not reaching the classroom. Teachers are spending too much time preparing students for excessive testing, unwieldy paper work and an un-proven teacher evaluation system. As an economist with extensive experience in program design, policy analysis and working with diverse groups, I will work to make government (especially education) better- not bigger.