On one of the proudest moments of my life, I was sworn in as Councilwoman representing Hoboken's 2nd Ward on January 1st, 2016.
Almost 29 years ago, I moved to Hoboken, in July 1994, to work in New York City after graduating from the University of Minnesota with my MBA in Finance and Strategic Management. Since then, I have lived in each of the 1st, 3rd and 4th wards until I finally moved to the 2nd ward in 2000 where I have lived, except for a few years abroad, to this day. I love Hoboken and my neighborhood and you can often find me walking my dog Brownie around the 2nd ward, talking with neighbors and always checking my surroundings for ways to improve the quality of life for my community.
I bring to the role of Councilwoman everyday what I have learned from my 23-year professional career as a leader and private sector executive in commercial real estate finance, most recently as the CFO of the Blackstone Portfolio company Brixmor Property Group (I resigned in 2013), the second largest shopping center company in the US. My prior roles include positions in banking, private equity and other real estate and development companies. Click here for my LinkedIn profile.
I became increasingly involved in our community, advocating for pedestrian safety issues in my neighborhood and against the proposed Monarch Project, the latter which led me to co-found Hoboken Residents for a Public Waterfront. I was twice appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment where I was able to leverage my professional background and long-term Hoboken residency to ensure that Hoboken’s neighborhoods were not unfairly impacted by the significant development pressure that the City faced. This combined experience and my growing interest in public service, as well as being encouraged by neighbors and asked three times by Mayor Zimmer, led me to run for office in 2015.
As a Councilwoman, I have been focused on: bringing a holistic and strategic approach to community planning that encompasses all aspects of safety, economic development and quality of life; for the City to have the right tools to assess and agree all economic arrangements so the benefits to Hoboken far outweigh the costs; finding ways to protect our economically and culturally diverse population that is the very fabric of our community.
But at the core of all of my efforts, is my passion to ensure that all voices are heard, that democracy is protected, and that the public is fully engaged on all issues that are important to them.
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