I’m a special education advocate, disability rights advocate, and data nerd. I’m a former foster parent and now transracial adoptive parent. For me, the past decade has been a real education in my white privilege. In the past 15 years my kids have attended SFUSD, I’ve been active at each school. However, it was my journey into identifying their disabilities and learning differences that transformed me from active parent into parent activist.
Day after day, meeting after meeting, institution after institution, I see how our society marginalizes people who think and learn differently. I see how difficult it is for families to access supports and services for their children, their parents, and often themselves. We can and should do better. I firmly believe that education is a civil right. It should be the great equalizer. Instead, in our state and our country, our educational institutions further the equity divide. California is the world’s fifth largest economy, yet here in the US ranks 41st amongst states in education funding and dead last in special education funding.
I’m running because I understand that the Democratic Party delegates, platform and budget need to reflect our values. I believe that the California Democratic Party must help our state prioritize education spending - from early education through college - and mental health supports.
As the past Chair of the SFUSD Community Advisory Committee for Special Education, now the Advocacy Chair, I have been a collaborative partner who works to improve outcomes for our most vulnerable students and, in some cases, hold the district accountable when we’re not not providing the supports our students need. I’m a parent mentor with Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, a parent training center here in San Francisco. I’ve spent the past ten years advocating for and with families. Now it’s time to take my advocacy to the next level. It’s time to make sure that the California Democratic Party - a party representing more than 10 million Democrats and their families throughout California - prioritizes supporting our residents who need us the most.