As the story goes, through serendipity, I met Laura Kasa the executive director of Save Our Shores from Santa Cruz, California. One day later, I was working with Laura and the SOS staff to get the City of Salinas to pass a ban against polystyrene (Styrofoam) take-out food containers. I've been an ocean advocate ever since; working on both local and statewide environmental issues. I love nature and the environment, and look to poet Robinson Jeffers as a kindred spirit. I also treasure the coastline of Carmel and Big Sur, and the solitude of Yosemite in the winter.
I earned the degree of Juris Doctor from Monterey College of Law where I am a founding member of the Heisler Society for Advanced Achievement in Oral Advocacy - honoring the late Francis Heisler, a famed civil liberties lawyer and First Amendment champion. I cut my political teeth working for the California Legislature, serving on the staff of then-state Assemblymember Rusty Areias as a field representative from 1983 through 1988. I also hold a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences with a concentration in Urban and Community Studies.
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