I have a lifelong commitment to activism because I love to learn new things, meet new people, and give back to my community.

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I currently serve as Vice-Chair of the Gray Town Council. In my first year, I spearheaded efforts to approve a Bike-Ped Plan and a Complete Streets Policy, and to pass a Food Sovereignty Ordinance. I serve as Council Liaison to the Open Space, Communications, and Recreation committees.

Over the years, I've also:

  • Been appointed to Maine's Permanent Commission on the Status of Women (current);

  • Served on a Maine Arts Commission panel to create and judge an RFP for a new suffrage centennial mural in Lewiston (spring/summer 2021);

  • Served on the Steering Committee of the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative;

  • Helped co-curate a social justice exhibit at Maine Historical Society "Begin Again: Reckoning With Intolerance in Maine" (opening May 2021);

  • Helped lead efforts to permanently preserve open space in Gray, Raymond, and South Paris, Maine;

  • Established and led the Gray Bike-Ped Committee, a citizens group aimed at improving bike and pedestrian infrastructure;

  • Helped create and preserve affordable housing by serving two terms on the board of the Genesis Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit community development financial institution.

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In 1990 I established the Building Materials Exchange (BME), which is like a “Goodwill” for building materials, and later served as board chair. Pre-dating the Habitat for Humanity Restores, the BME has been instrumental in helping thousands of low-income Maine homeowners make their houses safe, warm, and weathertight at prices they can afford.