Experience

Qualifications

 
 

I strongly believe that the next leaders on the Dallas City Council must be men and women with varied experience so they can immediately begin to address our diverse range of challenges. Over the last 6 years, our current Council Member, Sandy Greyson, and the City Council appointed me to serve on 5 different boards and committees. This laid the groundwork for the knowledge I would need if I am fortunate enough to be elected to the City Council.


 
 
 

Boards & Committees

  • Civil Service Board Adjunct Member (December 2012 – January 2014)

  • Economic Development Reinvestment Zone – Oak Cliff (October 2013 – January 2015)

  • Economic Development Reinvestment Zone – Sports Arena (October 2013 – July 2016)

  • 2017 Bond Program Critical Facilities Committee (April – May 2017)

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Board (April 2018)

Community Activity

In addition to these board and committee appointments, I have been an active member of the community. I have been involved in the following ways:

  • Attending DART Town Halls relating to the Cotton Belt Rail development

  • Attending Dallas Budget Town Halls

  • Active in the North Dallas Neighborhood Alliance

  • Active in Crime Watch

  • Office of Cultural Affairs – Dallas Cultural Plan Focus Group (February 2018)

 

Civil Service Board Adjunct Member

The Civil Service Board and its adjunct members oversaw city personnel disputes, including terminations and demotions. In these quasi-judicial hearings, appointees determined whether the city’s actions against employees were taken with justifiable cause and, if so, whether the punishment (ex: termination or demotion) was appropriate or excessive.

 

Economic Development Reinvestment Zones (Oak Cliff and Sports Arena)

Economic growth, guided by the interests of our neighborhoods, is vital to the responsible development of our city. It leads to small business opportunities, restaurant and retail choice, public amenities, a greater quality of life, and improved home values. During my time on two Reinvestment Zone boards, I gained experience in this area. In particular, I accomplished the following for the city:

  • Proactively sought neighbor input for development projects

  • Supported the local economy through Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise Participation requirements

  • Revitalized underperforming restaurant and retail areas

  • Improved walkability conditions to encourage pedestrian activity

  • Implemented minimum standards for infrastructure

    • Burying power lines

    • Wider sidewalks

    • Improved building materials

    • Minimum building design standards

 

2017 Bond Program Facilities Committee

The bond program offered Dallas an opportunity to fund a wide range of critical needs that have been deferred for years. As a member of the Facilities Committee, I was tasked with reviewing the infrastructure needs for all city buildings from all departments. I focused on how to make the best use of a limited budget of the total bond package, identifying funds for redundant and frivolous projects that we could reallocate to higher priorities. I voted to support the following projects:

  • Police training facilities

  • Police station security upgrades

  • New fire stations

  • Renovations of existing police and fire stations

  • New libraries and library renovations

  • New recreation center and recreation center renovations

  • Arts and cultural centers renovations

  • Fair Park building renovations

  • Renovations at the Martin Luther King and West Dallas Community Centers

 

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Board (April 2018)

The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center serves the low-income neighborhoods in the Fair Park area of South Dallas. Some of the services the Center provides include the following:

  • Housing Support

    • Homelessness housing

    • Rental assistance

    • Utility assistance

    • Home repair funding

  • Healthcare Support

    • Medical services

    • Dental services

    • WIC nutrition support

  • Family Support

    • Case management for domestic violence

    • Parent education

    • Childcare and early education

    • Clothing for children

    • Student support services

  • Other services

    • Black Chamber of Commerce

    • Recreation center

    • Community court

    • Transition support for those returning from prison