I’m proud to have a long record of accomplished nonprofit leadership. I began my public service career working with a youth advocacy nonprofit. At Yale, I founded an advocacy group which brought together a large coalition of organizations across the university to change our school’s policies. I went on to serve as National Organizing Director at an organization which, under my leadership, was the most successful civil rights advocacy nonprofit in modern history, passing nearly a dozen landmark bills around the country (including California). Recently I served as Director of Development for a national nonprofit which similarly worked to educate young people on how to participate in democracy by teaching them essential civic skills. And I’m proud to serve today on the Board of Directors of the Campbell Historical Museums Foundation.
We have a rich and thriving nonprofit ecosystem here in the South Bay, but historically, the City of Campbell has not utilized this key resource to the extent possible. I have worked with many nonprofit leaders, including seeking the advice of subject matter experts in writing my policy platform. This is only one example of how I would continue to utilize their expertise on City Council, drawing upon leaders in particular subject areas to help inform our decision-making.
The City Council each year allocates a small amount of funding for reputable nonprofits that can help support the goals of the Council in the community. These can include groups working to reduce domestic violence, provide homelessness services, among others. I will carefully vet such funding, in addition to inviting a diverse array of groups into the process.
We have two important nonprofit historical institutions right here in Campbell, both dedicated to preserving our local history and sharing it with the public.
I’ve been proud to serve our community on the Board of Directors of both the Campbell Historical Museum & Ainsley House Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization, fighting against staff cutbacks by supporting the City’s budget. As Councilmember, I’ll continue to do so as well as amplify the work of the museums throughout my term.
As a Board Member of the Campbell Historical Museum Foundation, I helped put on our Summer Concert Series, working with local artists to host free shows downtown.
As Councilmember, I will use social media to continue to promote local artists and cultural groups on the City’s behalf and showcase their work through City events. I will also engage with these local artists and cultural groups as a voice for local issues, such as inviting them to join the new Arts & Culture Commission.
I will direct staff to apply for federal Community Development Block Grants. Campbell is eligible to receive hundreds of dollars of federal money to award to local nonprofits but currently does not receive them.
This can help us meet important goals such as ending homelessness, achieving gender and racial equity, and improving public health, among many others. (They could even be used for combating COVID-19).