Over the past 7 years, we have worked on enhancing the policies and programs that support our young people and will help create a dynamic and locally-grown workforce in Sacramento.  This is the key to our long-term economic success.  Our office is excited that, in the past three months, we have adopted a Citywide Youth Development Campaign Plan for all programs the City offers or funds; reorganized our Parks Department into a Department of Youth, Parks and Community Enrichment, and are devoting additional resources to youth programming in the City.

Economic Development

The City has done an excellent job of catalyzing economic development in the Downtown Core. It is now important to turn to the economic corridors of our neighborhoods and try to incentize small businesses.  In District 5, examples include Stockton Blvd., Franklin Blvd., Broadway, and the shopping centers on South Land Park and 35th Ave and South Land Park and Florin.


The City Council has spent more time on developing an aggressive plan over the past 12 months than any other subject.  This includes:

  • Collaborating with the County to prioritize 1755 housing vouchers over the next three years for homeless individuals/families.
  • Obtaining a $64 million, 3-year federal grant (Whole Person Care) for aggressive case management of homeless individuals.
  • Having the County commit $44 million over three years for mental health and substance abuse services.
  • Standing up a 200 person shelter this winter.
  • Working to acquire a permanent site for a 24/7 triage center.
  • Issuing an RFI for 1,000 tiny homes.
  • Working with Downtown Streets to employ homeless folks in a day job program

There is much more and I am happy to have a discussion about what we are doing, but the components above are the foundation of the work.

2010 - Present | City Council Member, City of Sacramento

1996 - 2004 | Member, Board of Trustees, Sacramento City Unified School District

2001 - 2003 | Board Member, State Teachers Retirement System

2011 | Board member – Francis House Board of Directors

2009 - 2010 | President, Temple B’nai Israel Board of Directors

2000 - 2005 | Co-Chair – Hope Campaign (SCUSD and Sacramento Public Library)

2005 - 2009 | Board member – Temple B’nai Israel Board of Directors

2003 - Present | Member - Temple B’nai Israel Finance Committee

2000 - 2011 | Founder, Sacramento Youth Leadership Program

2000 | Sacramento START Advisory Board

2000 | Member – Steering Committee, National Coalition for Community Schools

2000 | Judge – Joyce Raley Teal Scholarship

2000 - Present | Co-Chair – Sacramento Run, Walk, and Roll for Unity

2000 | Member – Capital Unity Council Education Committee

1997 - 98 | Community Advisory Board Member - Junior League of Sacramento

1996 - 98 | Delegate - California School Board Association

1997 - 98 | Delegate - Council of the Great City Schools

1997 - Present | Board of Directors - Northern California Construction and Training, Inc.

1993 - 96 | “Food for Tots” - Creator and Chairperson of this annual fundraiser which has raised over $100,000 to purchase baby formula for Sacramento Food Bank Services Mother Baby Program.

1992 | Board member - Sacramento Food Bank Services, Homeless Havens

1991 | Board member - Sierra Curtis Neighborhood Association

1990 - 93 | Planned Parenthood - Assisted Planned Parenthood in their fundraising efforts with in-kind contributions and consulting.

1990 - 91 | Wellspring Women’s Center - Organized, prepared and served Christmas Day dinner to 2,000 women and children at the center.

1985 | Committee member - Homeless Advisory Committee for the City of Sacramento

Public Service