National Legislative Week
Throughout National Legislative Week, I represented Utah libraries along with two fellow delegates—the Utah State Librarian and Utah Library Association President. Together, we visited the Washington D.C. offices of Utah Senator Hatch and other elected representatives and engaged in discussions that increased focus on Utah library issues and priorities.
Statewide Campaigns & Other Activities
Together with selected Utah library leaders, I co-led a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of libraries. Our campaign successfully culminated with Governor Huntsman’s signing of the concurrent resolution designating Love Your Library week in Utah.
At Utah State Capitol for Governor Hunstman’s signing of concurrent resolution
From 2007 to 2010, I directed statewide operations of the Utah Center for the Book, a state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. I established partnerships with institutions throughout the state and instituted the Center’s first strategic plans. In this capacity, I led campaigns and implemented programs that promote libraries, authorship, reading, and books throughout the state of Utah.
United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA)
In 2016, I served as a parent delegate with a UTLA delegation led by Alex Caputo Pearl. Our small delegation met with individual Board members to discuss priority issues, address concerns, and propose solutions.
Castelar Street Elementary School parents, teachers, and greater community members following parent organized press conference during the UTLA strike, 2019
Various Roles & Activities
For nearly a decade so far, I have been actively contributing to schools through work in the classrooms, elected executive committee positions on School Site Councils, on elected committees to hire new administrators, and as an active member and elected leader of nonprofit parent groups.
I continue to advocate for schools, bringing attention to issues through media coverage. I did an interview with Kyle Stokes to discuss the LAUSD Choices program for a segment broadcasted on the KCRW radio station. Additional media coverage secured includes a co-organized press conference during the 2019 UTLA Strikes on location at Castelar Street Elementary as well as reports on our efforts to prevent co-location at Castelar Street Elementary with Metro Charter School (various news outlets).
I have attended LAUSD Board meetings as necessary to communicate about inconsistencies in the interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures, propose changes to minimize and eliminate inequities, and to improve outcomes for the underserved. Most notably, I was appointed to speak on behalf of multiple groups on the LAUSD procedures for determining and offering school sites for co-location.