"My career has been exclusively in public works, which is all about enhancing and strengthening communities. I enjoy creating and managing environmentally responsible public infrastructure projects and systems, and then caring for them for our future generations. I’m a firm believer that we must evolve with time or else we’ll become obsolete. We cannot carry on as we’ve always done and anticipate a better outcome. Every day, I strive to teach, mentor, collaborate and provide support to our staff so that we can achieve our mutual goals. With that perspective, I believe we can collectively provide the greatest service possible to our community while respecting the environment and preserving Marin’s distinctive beauty and quality of life."
“The only thing constant in life is change.” -- François de La Rochefoucauld
"After working in the Bay Area in the private sector, marriage brought me to Marin County. I joined Public Works in 2001 and I am proud to be a part of the diverse services we deliver to the people of Marin, supporting healthy, safe and sustainable communities. I am passionate about tackling world problems that affect us at a local level, such as climate change, disaster preparedness, infrastructure investments, affordable housing and racial equity. For me, creating a supportive work environment for our staff is paramount, which is something I’ve learned through the unparalleled support of my husband. When I’m not wearing my professional hat, you can find me enjoying the wonders of Marin alongside my husband as we raise our three wonderful children."
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them." -- Albert Einstein
"I became an engineer because I love solving problems. I became a public servant to make a difference. I became a director because I enjoy combining people and resources to create something better. I believe that when times are bad, you lead from the front and buffer staff from the turbulence and hopefully provide some calm. When times are good, you lead from the back, allowing staff to shine while providing guidance and mentorship. Always encourage people to become the best they can be. When I’m not working, I love reading, playing my guitar, songwriting, tinkering or cycling with my wife Michelle."
“I am life which wills to live in the midst of life which wills to live.” -- Albert Schweitzer
"My public service career began in 1988 with the California State Assembly. I’ve followed a diverse path from there, working with many agencies in a variety of positions. My ongoing desire to make a difference for the people and communities I serve has led me here. Working in service to preserve our natural environment and maintain safe, vibrant communities is an incredible thing to be a part of. I’ve learned that leadership isn’t about accolades, rather about character, trust and career development. Outside the office, I enjoy working on my 1949 International Truck, running, camping, hiking and spending time with my best friend Dexter, a 90lb lab/terrier filled with endless joy."
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” -- George Bernard Shaw
"In 2014, following a career in the aerospace industry, I joined the County of Marin and had the pleasure of working at two other departments before finding my home at Public Works. I like empowering, enabling, and providing teams with strategic leadership, encouraging them to always seek improvements and deliver results. I enjoy the supportive community in Public Works, where collaboration on common goals is key to our culture. Driven by integrity, courage, resiliency, self-respect, and respect for others, I continually work to ensure that our department is successful. When I am not working, I love cooking, reading, working out, traveling, and hanging out with my family."
“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” -- Sydney J. Harris