I am running to make sure that the 157,000+ DISD students receive a world class public education and that they are prepared for success in college, careers, and global citizenship; ensure high academic achievement for all children.
I have a deep commitment to community, social responsibility and education equity. Through my work and teaching experience I have a strong and deep understanding of how to communicate, motivate and lead effectively. Through my extensive community activities I have developed an ability to work with diverse stakeholders and build a culture built on consensus.
I was a latch-key kid raised by a single working mother in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environment. Thanks to an excellent public education (in the largest urban district in the US) that had teachers with the utmost commitment to excellence and to every child's success - my life and my economic circumstances were changed for the good.
As an Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award & Performance Excellence program (NIST/US Department of Commerce), I know how to apply quality criteria to organizations like DISD to evaluate performance excellence, drive continuous improvement and innovation, and plan in an uncertain environment
In a knowledge economy, having a well educated workforce is a 21st century mission critical societal issue. Without it we cannot ensure our economic vitality and prosperity and our nation's future.
More than 22 years of active DFW community service and proven community leadership. More than 15 civic (public sector or nonprofit) boards and/or commissions served. Public service leadership: Commissioner, 2011 City of Dallas Redistricting Commission; Board member, Dallas Reinvestment Zone #2 (Cityplace TIF); Board member, Dallas Business Development Corporation. DFW non-profit board service includes Big Thought, The Family Place, Texchange, MIT Forum, All Sports Association, Dallas40, among others.
FBI Citizen's Academy Class of 2009. Leadership Dallas. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) second responder certified, Royal Northaven Association Board.
City of Dallas resident and taxpayer for over 22 years.
McKinsey & Co. alumni. Senior corporate and financial advisor with over 25 years of professional experience; have advised, managed, or underwritten $9 billion in project finance, debt and/or equity transactions at the International Finance Corporation (World Bank) and top tier financial institutions. Worked in Mexico, South America, Australia, and Europe.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Qualified Financial Expert.
Nationally trained in professional governance and ethics standards. Best
practice adherence (National Association of Corporate Directors, ISS).
10 years proactive work in advancing quality public education. Co-founder, The Center for Finance Strategy Innovation. Visiting (adjunct) graduate professor at the UT Dallas School of Management.
National Corporate Board experience in education (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Quality and performance management experience and expertise. Member of the National Board of Examiners of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award & Performance Excellence program (NIST/US Department of Commerce).
Significant technology commercialization, R&D, and technology innovation experience; STEM education advocate; Advisor to the UT Dallas Science Engineering Education Center (founded by Nobel Laureate in Physics, Dr. Russell Hulse); and STARTech Certified Mentor.
Served as a budget analyst, WA Senate Ways & Means Committee; Advisor to several Texas legislative committees: transportation financing (including public-private partnerships and transportation reinvestment zones), education finance, public pension funds, and business regulation. Authored, “Guide to school district budgeting” publication for Washington State Research Council.
Latch key kid raised by a single working mother. Largest urban public school district educated (K-12); Bronx High School of Science alumni; Raised in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community environment.
- Self-supported 100% of higher education costs.
- Wellesley College, BA, economics/political science.
- RSM Erasmus University (Netherlands), MBA, finance/strategic management. Additional graduate coursework at MIT Sloan School and NYU Courant Institute of Mathematics.
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