I’ve always been passionate about history—in particular, with sharing the stories that comprise our local history. I believe we all have a story to share, and I take joy in helping to understand and preserve some part of that.
At Yale University, I majored in History and English, learning how to unravel the strands of past events and weave them into a larger whole. As a writer, I’ve helped share many of these stories and am proud to serve our community as a member of the Campbell Museums Foundation Board of Directors.
Campbell, and our surrounding community, is rich with this history. Understanding our past not only instills pride in our community; it also helps us develop into responsible and informed citizens. Understanding how we got here is essential for any policymaker hoping to craft a vision for where we are going.
We have two important historical institutions right here in Campbell, both dedicated to preserving our local history and sharing it with the public.
I’m proud to serve our community on the Board of Directors of both the Campbell Historical Museum and Ainsley House Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization, fighting against cutbacks to museum programs and staff. As Councilmember, I’ll continue to do so as well as amplify the work of the museums throughout my term.
I plan to do my small part in sharing my story by providing historical documents for research use in the Museum’s archival collection. As a local author and historian, I will also continue to chronicle our community’s history and share our stories.
I will ensure that cultural project benchmarks and updates are shared with the public and easily accessible, including providing regular updates at Council meetings. In addition, I will monitor the impact on the surrounding neighborhood, ensuring traffic mitigation on residential areas.
Measure O construction will also significantly impact the nearby historic Ainsley House, which traditionally relies on wedding revenue. I will improve the communication of updates between the Ainsley House and the surrounding area.
I will partner with local beekeepers and urban farms within Campbell to form educational partnerships for Campbell schoolchildren and interested residents, as well as exploring partnerships with the Campbell Historical Museum.
The latter will allow a hands-on immersive experience and exploration of our agricultural past — a key component of the Museum’s mission.
I will use my network to create exciting author signings and cultural events at no cost to the community. Additionally, I will support children’s programming, such as participating in community storytime. These events can be held at Campbell Library, through the Campbell Historical Museum, or in partnership with local bookstores.