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Author, Educator, Candidate for Palo Alto City Council

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• Proud Palo Alto resident since 2000

• Lives in a three-generational household in the Green Acres II neighborhood on the city's south and west side with her partner of thirty-four years, Dan, mother Jeannie, and two children.

• Children graduated from Briones, Fletcher, and Gunn.

• Elected to represent Anna Eshoo's district as an Obama delegate at 2008 Democratic National Convention 


• Graduate of Stanford University (BA, American Studies)

• Graduate of Harvard Law School (JD)

• Graduate of California College of the Arts (MFA in Writing)



• Attorney at Cooley LLP in Palo Alto (1994-97)

• Attorney at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara (1997-98)

• Associate dean at Stanford Law School (1998-2000)

• Assistant to the President at Stanford (2000-2002)

• Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Freshmen and Transfer Students at Stanford (2002-2004)

• Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Freshmen (2004-8)

• Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising (2008-12)

• Author and speaker nationally on parenting, youth mental health, racial reckoning, young adults thriving (2012-present)

Civic Work (* indicates current service)

  • YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula (Palo Alto)

  • Palo Alto Community Fund (Palo Alto)

  • Partners in Education Advisory Board (Palo Alto)

  • (Palo Alto)*

  • Community Working Group (Palo Alto)

  • Obama for America (2007-8; 2012)

  • Democratic Volunteer Center (Menlo Park)

  • Challenge Success (Stanford)

  • Haas Center for Public Service Advisory Board (Stanford)

  • Stanford Alumni Association Board of Directors (Stanford)

  • Foundation for a College Education (East Palo Alto)

  • Narrative Magazine (San Francisco)*

  • Common Sense Media (San Francisco)

  • California College of the Arts (San Francisco)*

  • Harvard Law School Association of Northern California (San Francisco)

  • Global Citizen Year (Oakland)

  • Black Women’s Health Imperative (Atlanta)*

  • Baldwin for the Arts (New York)*

  • Sir Ken Robinson Foundation (London)*

Remarks and Keynotes (selected)

  • Santa Clara County Leadership Professional Development Conference (2022; 2021)

  • Northern District of California Judges and Clerks (2020)

  • Palo Alto March for Black Lives (2020)

  • Gunn High School Commencement Speaker (2009)

Awards (selected)

  • PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award (2018) Given to her book Real American: A Memoir

  • Stanford University Governor’s Award (2015). Given by the Stanford Associates for outstanding volunteer service on 25th reunion fundraising campaign.

  • Stanford University Friends of Haas Award (2012). In recognition of a long-term commitment to the mission, values, and principles of the Haas Center, and for greatly contributing to the support and execution of public service education, initiatives, and programming for the university community.

  • Stanford University Dean’s Award for Excellence (2012). Given by the Black Community Services Center, for unwavering commitment to making Stanford a place where all students can thrive and reach their full potential.

  • Stanford University Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award (2010). Given at Commencement for outstanding contributions to undergraduate education. One of the university’s highest awards for staff.

  • Stanford University’s Cap and Gown (2005). Inducted as honorary member of Stanford’s women’s honor society.

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