I moved to Amherst from Boston in 1995. I was a single mom and wanted to be closer to my parents and to enroll my children in the fantastic Amherst Public Schools. My children, Elizabeth and Aidan, attended Crocker Farm, Amherst Regional Middle School and Amherst Regional High School. I own a small home in Orchard Valley.
Working to stop the climate crisis is a big part of my life, so I attempt to live sustainably myself. Some actions I’ve taken to reduce my greenhouse gas emissions include installing solar panels and a heat pump unit, leasing an electric car, supporting the Amherst Food Coop project, and eating local food that I get for the most part from a year round membership in the Brookfield Farm in South Amherst.
- Lawyer, legislative advocate for mental health patient rights (10 years) and climate issues (5 years)
- Grants administrator at a Boston school for the arts
- Holyoke Public School teacher (17 years), based in three of the downtown schools, where over 90% of the students qualified for free lunch
- Steering Committee member of Climate Action Now Western MA (CAN) and a co-chair of the CAN Legislative Committee where I guided the creation of our 12 Point Climate Emergency Plan.
- Retiree and member of Mass Teachers Association (MTA), founder of the MassDivest Coalition, dedicated to divesting the MA pension fund from fossil fuels, and publisher of its newsletter – MassDivest Update. For the last 4 years I have been a delegate at the MTA annual meeting, organizing Western Mass retirees for the progressive caucus, Educators for a Democratic Union (EDU).
- Elected and served as an Amherst delegate to the June 2018 Massachusetts Democratic convention.
- Key player in passing the Amherst Zero Energy Town Buildings Bylaw and other town resolutions – Fossil Fuel Divestment, and 100% Renewable Energy, which included Community Choice Energy. As a founding member of the Western Massachusetts Community Choice Energy workgroup, I am excited by the possibilities for energy democracy in our region. I helped to form an Inter-municipal Community Choice Energy (CCE) Task Force to consider implementing this new concept. I consider this project as first step to fundamentally change our energy paradigm, and believe it is among the most impactful work being done – anywhere.