My family moved to Sudbury when I was 6 years old for many reasons, but above everything else, our excellent public schools. I went to Haynes Elementary School and Curtis Middle School. You can see me with my parents and our dog Shimmer at Haynes graduation on the left.
The incredible teachers and staff at Lincoln-Sudbury in particular had a profound effect on me in high school. Classes like World Crises with David Grace and Philosophy with Phil James shaped my interests, helped prepare me for college, and gave me soft skills that would be crucial for my eventual career.
After I graduated from LS, I went to Brandeis University, where I developed a keen interest in public policy. While there, I met and interned for State Representative Carmine Gentile, beginning my career in public service.
After I graduated from Brandeis, I worked for a human services trade group, doing legislative advocacy for nonprofits that assist vulnerable populations including children.
Currently, I work as the sole staffer for Rep. Gentile, who represents Sudbury and half of Lincoln. My most important work involves researching, drafting, and filing legislation, advising the Representative on the issues, and assisting our constituents who need help. Through this job, I have had the opportunity to meet so many of my neighbors in both towns and listen to them talk about their priorities and concerns.
Our office has also worked on many state and local education-related issues. I am proud to have played a role in our office's work to:
As part of my job, I have followed the work of the L-S School Committee, along with other municipal committees in Sudbury and Lincoln, and I have a familiarity with town governance and procedures.
In my current and former job, I have also performed regular fiscal analyses of the state budget and advocated for provisions that would benefit our public schools and students.
My career has also given me a unique background that will help the Committee do its work. Whether it's state grants, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education guidance, or the Fair Share amendment, I know how to navigate State government. I have a very good relationship with our legislative delegation, which means I can effectively communicate our schools’ priorities and issues to them.
I want to utilize this background, along with my firsthand experience at L-S, to contribute to the Committee's work.