A native of Santa Clara valley, I attended local public schools, graduated with honors from Santa Clara University, and completed my Master’s in Public Service at the University of San Francisco.
My husband and I moved to Los Altos in 1978 because we liked the spacious yards and small-town atmosphere. During our daughter’s early school years, I served as board member, vice president and president of the German-American School (now Silicon Valley International School) in Menlo Park. With local neighborhood support, we gained approval from the city to expand the school and add new classrooms.
I started my career working for the federal government, managing diverse departments from technical publications to affirmative action. After ten years, I started my own business, Ensemble Training and Consulting, helping executives improve business processes in the private and public sectors.
As a child, I loved horses, devouring Black Stallion books, and cutting apricots to pay for riding lessons. From 2011-2015, I was owner and CEO of Arabian Horse World, an international media company with clients in over 30 countries. Long involved in non-profit work on behalf of horses, I was a founder of the Institute for the Desert Arabian Horse where I am currently Chair. For many years I have helped rescue, train, and re-home horses in danger of inhumane shipment and slaughter.
I was elected to the City Council in 2018 after serving on the Planning Commission and the Downtown Building Committee. Throughout eight years of commitment to civic issues, I’ve been an outspoken voice for residents’ interests.
As Council member and now Mayor, I’ve worked successfully to improve organizational efficiency and financial stability of our city government. My focus has been – and will continue to be – on resident-centered leadership, data-based policy making, and fiscal responsibility. Los Altos is my home as well as yours, and with your help I hope we can retain its exceptional small-town character for future generations.
I look forward to serving you for another four years.