My Record of Delivering Results
Service is a way of life for me—one thing you cannot say is that I don’t have a record of getting things done.
But our current representation isn’t working for all of us. We need leadership that urgently and successfully drives toward solutions because the issues—homelessness, housing affordability, transportation, public education, safety, and the climate crisis—are too important. Because our neighbors are too important.
In Native culture, we often talk about the seven generations principle, which says that what we do now must create positive, sustainable, and meaningful solutions for today and seven generations into the future.
In order to do that, you deserve a council member who shares your values, has an incredible work ethic, and has a record of delivering results.
As your school board director*, i:
• Approved “Since Time Immemorial” curriculum, which is the culmination of years of work of the 29 federally recognized tribes telling their history and story in Washington state;
• Worked with Council member Bagshaw to ensure funding for Nova High School’s health clinic in the City of Seattle’s Families, Education, Preschool, and Promise (FEPP) Levy;
• Advocated for funding for students experiencing homelessness in the FEPP levy—the levy includes $4.3 million for student experiencing homelessness;
• Worked to ensure our February BEX 5 Levy passed—thank you especially to my neighbors and voters for supporting it;
• Visited Monroe Men’s Correctional facility on multiple occasions to learn more about their stories in the school-to-prison pipeline. These conversations were the impetus for centering our Strategic Plan on black and brown young males as part of our targeted universalism commitment. We then passed, unanimously, this most innovative and racially equitable plan;
• Ensured we center racial equity in our BEX 5 projects list for our levy;
• Ensured students experiencing homelessness are counted in our Weighted-Staffing-Standards formula;
• Successfully advocated for having the board participate in a four-part racial equity institute;
• Moved our work sessions out into the community instead of at our headquarters;
• Ensured an expansion of funding and programming for our Native Education program;
• Ensured continued support and more funding for “Seattle Teacher Residency,” our pipeline to get more educators of color in the teaching workforce
• Helped improve our databases for our trans and gender-diverse students;
• Passed, narrowly, updated and aligned science curriculum after nearly three decades—a feat against fear of change. I centered my decision around two important stakeholders: educators and students of color;
• Led and brought Community Workforce Agreements to Seattle Public Schools—the first school district in the state;
• Audited our volunteer program, and ensured that now we require implicit bias/racial equity training for each volunteer;
• Ensured all new task forces and committees participate in an implicit bias/racial equity training;
• Worked with the NAACP Youth Coalition and led the resolution to recognize and commit to “BlackLivesMatterAtSchools Week, each year;
• In collaboration with the Student Advisory Board, parents and families, we created a passed an inclusive, student-centered, and just dress code policy (very excited about this!)
• Ensured we raise the Pride and Trans Pride flag at our district headquarters for Pride month;
• Served as the Board liaison to Tribal Nations and also to the City Council;
• Held community meetings with fellow Directors, and held special family and parent meetings about issues in our schools for Seattle World School, Washington Middle School, Stevens Elementary, and Bailey-Gatzert Elementary;
• I read poems from our students into the record at each board meeting;
• Lobbied, successfully, state legislators to increase funding for our schools to ensure we wouldn’t have any cuts to librarians by increasing the levy lid;
• Worked with Elliot Bay Book Company to bring more graphic novels about people of color into two our libraries (Daniel Bagley Elementary and Washington Middle School);
• Attended every regularly scheduled board meeting—of which there are more than 150—unless I was sick, had work-related meetings through my day-job at All Home, had prior conflicting commitments, visited my grandmother who was ill, bereavement, or was out of town for work or vacation; and
• Visited every school in my district.
As your president of the capitol hill community council, i:
• In collaboration with Washington Community Action Network, Tenants Union, LGBTQ Allyship, Associated Students UW, Capitol Hill Renter Initiative, and Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, successfully created, with then-Council member Burgess, the country’s first Renters Commission (for the City of Seattle);
• In collaboration with Washington Bus, APACE Votes, LGBTQ Allyship, and Capitol Hill Renter Initiative, created and passed a law that requires landlords provide voter registration to new tenants;
• As part of our commitment to racial equity and solidarity, in 2016, partnered with Seattle Chinatown/International District Public Development Authority to lobby the city to expand Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion to both of our neighborhoods (of which we were successful);
• Secured funding to hire our first staff person;
• Piloted pedestrian only streets;
• Held a fundraiser for the Bellevue mosque, after an arsonist tried to burn it down; and
• Raised almost $2,000 to create care and toiletry packs for our neighbors experiencing homelessness.
*Responsibilities of the Board of Directors include: hiring and evaluating the Superintendent; establishing policies for governing the school district; adopting a balanced budget each year; having legal and fiduciary authority for the school district; adopting instructional materials; and, serving as community representatives to the district and on behalf of the district.