In 2010, I was elected to the Minnesota Legislature, serving in the seat formerly held by Speakers Margaret Anderson Kelliher and Dee Long. While redistricting shortened my time in the House, I developed a reputation as a progressive advocate and bridge builder, focusing on early childhood education and health care.
Significant budget work on the State Government Finance committee
Chief author of legislation to fully fund all-day kindergarten for Minnesota’s children
Co-author of legislation to establish the MN Health Exchange, now MNSure
Selected by leadership to be part of the bipartisan bicameral MN Legislative Leadership Institute on Child Development Research and Policy
Built a bipartisan coalition to strengthen domestic abuse law
Proposed innovative financing for childcare businesses which meet quality standards
Served on the Legacy Fund committee, supporting the arts, parks and the great outdoors
Health Policy Wonk
For the last ten years, give or take, I’ve been a health care policy analyst for St. Jude Medical and other companies, with a focus on Medicare and payment systems.
I came to the Twin Cities to work in marketing for the Pillsbury Company and General Mills. Attracted by marketing life-saving technology, I moved to Guidant and Boston Scientific.
I have an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a BA from Swarthmore College.