I am proud to be a native Nashvillian and the Councilwoman representing District 34 on the Metropolitan Council. My husband Arthur and I have been married almost 25 years. We, and our two children, live in the Belle Meade Highlands, a great neighborhood between Highway 100 and Page Road in Metro’s Urban Services District. Arthur is an investment portfolio manager for the State of Tennessee’s Consolidated Retirement System, and before my election to Council in 2015, I was a successful advocate for a more walkable Nashville and served as president of our neighborhood association.
Our beautiful neighborhood is located in close proximity to many amenities, and we were fortunate to build our home within walking distance of two of them: Cheekwood and the Warner Parks. Prior to moving to the Highlands, we enjoyed living in Forest Hills on Timberwood Drive for seven years. Right after we married, Arthur and I lived in San Francisco where we walked almost everywhere and rode the bus and the cable car to work. My work was in the marketing department of the architecture, engineering and planning firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, and I learned much during my time there interacting with planners and architects. The next stop on our journey together was Dartmouth College where Arthur attended business school, and I worked in fundraising for the College.
We moved home to Nashville because we knew it would be a great place to raise a family. Upon our return, I worked for several years in the Development Office of Belmont University as their Director of Foundation Relations. In that work and in all my volunteer work and service on the city council, I have found the goodwill, generosity, creativity, and business savvy of our beloved city to be remarkable.
As great as Nashville is, we have much work to do to address budgetary and structural issues. There is much we can and should do to make Metro Government more responsive and efficient in the service of all citizens in all neighborhoods across Davidson County. I have been proactively engaged in that work, listening to our departments and researching how best to improve processes and their results for citizens and advancing legislation to do the same. I am a strong and independent voice on Council, and I am ready to continue my service as your councilperson!