3rd District Council Candidate
3rd District Council Candidate
- How long have you lived In Long Beach?
Not only am I born and raised in Long Beach but I’m a lifelong resident of the Third District – growing up in University Park Estates and now living in Alamitos Heights.
- What job or past role will most help you be an effective Councilmember?
This is tough because I think my blend of business, community, and educator experience would make me an effective councilmember. If I had to pick just one, I would say my current role as a Strategy & Innovation Consultant. I’ve helped organizations provide greater value to their clients by optimizing their spending and reinvesting savings into their highest impact projects. During COVID-19, I’ve worked to stabilize organizations amid the pandemic and worked with Chief Public Health Officers to protect the health and safety of their employees and citizens, save jobs, and help businesses reopen operations.
- Describe the key characteristics/elements that you feel unify this city across its 9 districts and disparate geography.
I think the common thread that we all love about Long Beach is that we are a big city (#7 most populous in the state) but still have a small-town feel. The fact that we are not Los Angeles, not Orange County – but that we have our own great people, food, culture and neighborhoods, that bind us all.
- Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Extrovert – I enjoy being around others and find that people with good energy are very contagious.
- Which (living) national leader in any arena — politics, arts, culture, business, etc. — do you admire and why?
At the moment, it would have to be President Zelenskyy of Ukraine. The term servant leadership in its truest form and fighting for the greatest good and freedom of the people he represents.
- What is your favorite L.B. hangout with friends and/or family?
2nd Street – there are so many options and something for everyone. From watching a big game at places like Legends or Riley’s to something as simple as sharing a butter cake at Nick’s.
- List the top three quality-of-life issues you see Belmont Shore residents dealing with right now.
Rising crime – ranging from things such as the theft of bikes and patio furniture to larger issues such as breaking and entering
Rise in homelessness in the area – a noticeable increase in homeless issues affecting both our business corridors and seeing its impacts in our residential areas and alleyways
Cleanliness of our public spaces – including but not limited to – our beaches, waterways, parks, medians, streets, sidewalks, etc.
- What is your preferred or most used social media platform?
- Outside of Long Beach, where in the state is your happy place?
Rancho Palos Verdes – a nice scenic walk, 9 holes at Terranea, or lunch with friends at Nelson’s with incredible views
- Name something about the Third District you wish more people were aware of.
The number of hours our friends and neighbors put into volunteer efforts ranging from working on non-profit boards, sitting on city commissions, organizing volunteer efforts, and leading neighborhood associations. We all know our immediate friends and neighbors that are bettering our community but knowing the total amount of people and hours who serve to better our community would be truly amazing to quantify.