I'm ready to make a volunteer commitment to the RNA to learn more about our neighborhood, deepen community connections, and make contributions toward incremental improvements. I grew up in the Portland Metro area and have lived in many other states and countries, in villages, towns and major cities. I’ve seen sleepier times and now see both the vibrancy and opportunities that growth brings to our region as well as the challenges. I value both local knowledge and strategies informed by broader thinking and experiences. I also enjoy group dynamics, process and facilitation. During my first year of board participation I will focus on small business support and participation in Neighborhood Emergency Training (NET). I also like to pick up trash and plant trees.