I am a native Californian, born and raised in Santa Cruz. My parents were active members of the community. As long-time local business owners and school and community volunteers, they taught me the importance of giving back to the community.
I am a long-time Walnut Creek resident and have been an active member of the community as an independent business owner and a volunteer.
My husband Tom and I have been married for 29 years. We have one daughter, Katie, who is a 2005 Las Lomas graduate and a 2009 graduate of the University of Washington. She and her husband, Carson Hoffman, live in Jacksonville, Florida, where he is a Lieutenant and helicopter pilot in the United States Navy.
I was fortunate to attend the University of Southern California on a full academic and financial-need scholarship. I graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Journalism. I also completed masters work in Communications Management at the Annenberg School of Communications at USC.
I have nearly 40 years of business experience in marketing and communications in industries as diverse as telecommunications, biotech, and the non-profit sector. Since 1980, I have owned my own consulting business.
In the Bay Area, I have worked with Hill Physicians Medical Group, the largest network of independent physicians in northern California; PeopleSoft; Nektar Therapeutics; and AirTouch International, now part of Vodafone and Verizon.
I love Walnut Creek and believe there is no better way to serve our community than by giving back my time and energy. I have been an active community volunteer for many years—working with our schools, on youth sports programs, with our local education foundations, and on improving our local libraries. Prior to my election to City Council in 2006, I was a member of the Planning Commission (2004-2006).
Since my election to City Council, I have expanded my volunteer work. As 2011 Mayor, I founded Walnut Creek Community Service Day, which I still co-chair. Now in its fourth year, Community Service Day brought out a record 1,400 volunteers last September, who each contributed a half-day to accomplish 60 community projects.
As 2011 and again as 2013 Mayor, I spearheaded the City’s fiscal sustainability efforts. For 2011, I initiated the 15-member Blue Ribbon Task Force on Fiscal Health. In 2013, I lead the City Council as we studied the detailed recommendations of the Task Force.
From 2007 to 2010, I gave hundreds of hours of my time to the community effort to raise more than $5 million in private funds for the new library—the most well-used library in the County with some 1,500 visitors each day.
This past year, as Vice President of the Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation, I have helped to raise $350,000 in private funds to build the new All Abilities Playground at Heather Farm Park.
At a regional level, I have served on the Board of the Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority since 2011, which recently negotiated new garbage and recycling agreements for the community.
In 2010 I served as chair of TRANSPAC, the regional transportation planning committee of Central Contra Costa. Through this group, I led our efforts on local transportation and safety issues, including school crossing guard programs, major roadway improvements, the new fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, and bike-pedestrian enhancements.
A list of some of my community activities and leadership responsibilities appears on the right side of this web page.
Proven Track Record of
Leadership & Commitment
to the Community
Two-time Mayor (2011, 2013)
City Councilmember (2006-present)
Planning Commissioner (2004-2006)
Steering Committee, Walnut Creek 100 (Centennial)
Co-Chair, Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch (2014)
Founder/Co-Chair, Walnut Creek Community Service Day (2011-present)
Vice President, Walnut Creek Civic Pride Foundation (2013-present)
Founder, 2nd Saturday Spotlight (2013)
Committee Member, Action for Beauty Council (2011-present)
Director, Walnut Creek Sister Cities International (2013-present)
East Bay Women's Conference Committee (2008-present)
Graduate, Leadership Contra Costa (2006)
Graduate, Walnut Creek Citizens Institute (2005)
Regional / Statewide
Vice Chair (2014), Director (2011-2014), CCC Solid Waste Authority
Director, East Bay Regional Communications System (2007-present)
Mayors Conference (2014)
Chair (2010), Member (2008-2010), TRANSPAC
President (2013), Director (2010-2014), East Bay, League of California Cities
Statewide Policy Committees, League of California Cities (2009-2014)
Education and Schools
Las Lomas PTSA, President (2003-2005)
California State PTA Continuing Service Award Recipient (2005)
Acalanes Union High School District Measure A Oversight Committee
Acalanes Union High School District Revenue Committee (2002)
Walnut Creek School District Strategic Planning Committee
Las Lomas Student Carpool Parking Committee (2004-2005)
Las Lomas WASC Accreditation Committee (2004-2005)
Walnut Creek Education Foundation, Director (2000-2001)
Co-chair and committee chair positions to provide our schools with essential local funding
Walnut Creek Library Capital Campaign Committee (2007-2010)
One City, One Book Steering Committee (2006-present)
Co-Chair, Authors Under the Stars
Co-Chair, Member, Library Funding Measures (2005-2005)
Youth and Recreation
Fountain for Youth Foundation, Scholarship Chair (2006-2010)
Walnut Creek Swim Conference, President, Board Member (2001-2004)
Walnut Creek Soccer Club,
Board Member (1999-2004)
Mother Advisor, Concord Rainbow Girls (1992-1994)