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I grew up in Houston, Texas as a child of immigrant parents.  My experience of  straddling two distinct cultures has instilled the importance of building bridges between community groups and making sure that all voices are heard.  

I earned a B.S. in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a J.D. from Northeastern Law School in Boston. I have used my law career in service wherever I have lived.  In Boston I interned at Greater Boston Legal Services, and participated in Northeastern’s Poverty Law Clinic.  When I lived in California I had the opportunity to work for two cities (Berkeley and San Francisco) where I gained exposure to a variety of municipal issues and handled discrimination complaints.  After moving to the Seattle area, I volunteered at the Northwest Justice Project where I provided legal assistance to low-income residents.  Most recently, I worked at the Seattle Office for Civil Rights where I investigated housing and employment discrimination cases.

As a Redmond resident, I served on the Planning Commission where we worked on updating the Comprehensive Plan, planned for managing growth in our urban centers, and served on the Innovative Housing Panel to explore affordable housing options.  Prior to joining council, I also served on the Parks and Trails Commission where I worked on the community centers public input process, updating the PARCC plan, planning the Redmond Central Connector (Phase II) and Downtown Park.  

I have lived in Redmond for 13 years with my husband, Jitu, and our two sons.  Both our children were born in the area and have grown up using Redmond's parks and trails, and participating in community activities.  We are a service oriented family and are active in scouting, belong to the PTSA, and are one of the original community gardeners at Juel Park.  


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8151 164th Ave NE #134
Redmond, WA 98052

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