In 2003, I made my career in the environmental nonprofit world which lent me valuable communication, organizing and mobilization skills. Empowering everyday citizens to speak up, educating people regarding their rights, working with ally community groups and lobbying local and state government on policy issues are skills crucial to actively participating in the democratic process. Honing expertise that could positively affect quality of life and governmental and corporate accountability was very rewarding and allowed me to implement these professional techniques in other ventures outside the non-profit world.
In 2012, I moved on from non-profits to manage local and state political candidate races in Austin and Williamson County. I used my aptitude to recruit and train volunteer and paid advocates in order to activate voters around issues that affect their daily lives. I also orchestrated community fundraising and media events for candidate exposure.
After election season was over, a natural progression for me was to start my own business in the environmental consulting arena regarding local governmental policies requiring business recycling. As we develop Zero Waste Strategies, LLC, I hope to help affected companies comply with the new policies and help the City of Austin attain its Zero Waste goal of diverting 90% of waste from area landfills by 2040.
As a larger vision, I want to regionalize the Zero Waste concept in Central Texas and across our state, which would allow other local governments, businesses, and institutions to sign on and commit to diversion of valuable discards, creating green jobs, and boosting economic vitality.
Council District 2 appointee to the City of Austin Zero Waste Advisory Commission (ZWAC)
ZWAC Representative on the Joint Sustainability Committee, City of Austin Office of Sustainability
Founding Board Member, Central Texas Zero Waste Alliance (CTZWA)
Founding Member & former Chapter Chair, Austin Zero Waste Alliance (AZWA)
Co-host of "Shades of Green", Austin's only live eco-talk program, on KOOP Community Radio