I was elected to represent District E in 2017. I ran on a platform promoting neighborhood vitality and citizen engagement. I welcome progress, innovation, and growth, but believe that healthy growth results only after good-faith consideration of all points of view.
I work to balance neighborhood concerns with responsible development practices that are compatible with existing neighborhoods, that don’t overwhelm existing infrastructure, and that respect the environment. I believe that developers and residents do not have to be adversaries and I work to ensure a win/win outcome for all.
My parents moved to Raleigh in 1964 and I grew up in District E, attending Wake County Public Schools Lacy Elementary, Martin Middle, and Broughton High School.
I earned a Bachelors Degree in Psychology, with honors and Phi Beta Kappa, and I earned a Masters degree in Information and Library Science, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In 2013, after retiring from a career as an international communications executive with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), I became active in local government, regularly attending City Council meetings and Planning Commission meetings to underscore the risks of stormwater runoff, to urge protection of neighborhoods from incompatible development, and to encourage robust Council action to address other challenges to our quality of life. I also spoke out about the need to improve opportunities for citizen engagement while strengthening the role of the Citizens Advisory Councils (CACs).
Before joining GSK, I served as Executive Director of HopeLine, a nonprofit telephone crisis hotline. Previous to that, I spent ten years managing corporate communications at the Microelectronics Center of North Carolina.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Richard Johnson, a Raleigh native. We have one son who also lives in Raleigh. I am an avid reader, yoga practitioner, and sports fan.